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Barry keen to forget Reds disappointment by lfctalk
September 4, 2008, 19:27
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Gareth Barry has said that he is keen to put his disappointment at missing out on a move to Anfield behind him and wants to help England to success to make up the saga.

The midfielder is looking forward to making an impact in Fabio Capello’s side in the fixtures with Andorra and Croatia in the coming week.

“It is the first time I’ve really experienced anything like that in my career, the first transfer I’ve been involved in after being at Villa more than ten years, but that is all in the past now.

“That is why I felt it was important I didn’t wait until the last minute of the transfer window to make a statement which let everyone know where I was going to be.

“I made it ten days ago to try and end all the speculation and also to let everyone know my mind is focused on playing for Villa and, now more importantly, focusing on the upcoming games for England.”

Barry was in the squad when England’s Euro 2008 hopes were left in tatters by a 3-2 defeat at Wembley against Croatia. The Aston Villa man wants to get the ball rolling for a successful campaign in South Africa in 2010.

“It is important that hurt from the Croatia game stays in the players’ minds a little bit,’ Barry explained.

“We can’t focus on it too much because it was a negative moment but that hurt will stay with players for a long time and it is important we learn from that.

“I can only speak for myself in saying we are professional people trying to win a game of football and, whether it is club or country, there is a lot of pain when you are on the losing side.

“Those games against the likes of Russia and Croatia last season were really high-profile matches with so much at stake and to lose those hurt me a lot and stuck with me for a while.’

“It is always better to start the group well and start positively. It can set you up nicely for the remainder of the games.

“We will take one game at a time and hope we can breed confidence from Saturday’s game to take into the match in Croatia.

“We know the type of game it is going to be against Andorra. I was a substitute the last time we played them and they get all their bodies behind the ball and they are tough to break down.

“That will be something we can learn from but we will be going into the game looking for a good start to the campaign.’

With Steven Gerrard missing Barry could be handed a midfield berth in both ties. The former Villa captain is hoping to forge a successful partnership with Chelsea man Frank Lampard.

“I certainly prefer the central midfield berth, whether it is sitting or being a bit further forward.

“I am comfortable in either of the roles and it is always something I’ve left to the manager to decide what he wants to do. It can be different in certain games.

“I am not sure which way the manager is going to go on Saturday but there are no problems playing with any player at England level.

“They are all quality players. That is why they are with England. Frank Lampard is up there with the best of them so there will be no problem at all if we have to play together.”

Source: The Daily Mail

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