BARRY HAPPY TO BE IN HODGSON'S PLANS

Gareth Barry is looking forward to working alongside Roy Hodgson at Euro 2012.

Last Updated: 16/05/12 at 20:22 Post Comment

Gareth Barry: Happy to be included

Gareth Barry: Happy to be included

Gareth Barry is looking forward to working alongside Roy Hodgson after hearing he was included in England's Euro 2012 squad while on a golf course in Spain.

Barry and Manchester City team-mate James Milner were playing in the Pro-Am at the Volvo World Match Play Championship in southern Spain when they received a text message from the Football Association telling them that had made Hodgson's 23-man squad.

"We found out about it on the course that James and I were both in the squad," Barry said.

"There's a new manager and it's nice to be in his plans to start with. You should never take too much for granted, especially with a new manager and fresh ideas so we were very happy to be included.

"I've not met the manager before. I'm looking forward to doing that and seeing his ideas and working alongside him and we will learn more in the next few weeks."

England are big outsiders to win their first international tournament since 1966 and today's squad announcement at Wembley was a relatively low-key affair.

Barry, who has 52 caps and was in Fabio Capello's 2010 World Cup squad, thinks that may work in their favour.

"The expectation levels are a lot lower than for previous tournaments, which hopefully can help the team," he said.

Four of City's title-winning side - Barry, Milner, Joe Hart and Joleon Lescott - were chosen today but there was no place for Blues right-back Micah Richards.

The Lancashire club won their first Barclays Premier League title since 1968 on Sunday thanks to a dramatic injury-time winner from Sergio Aguero.

Winning the championship under those circumstances could be seen as fortuitous, but Barry thinks otherwise.

"If you look back over the 38 games, we played the best football," the former Aston Villa man said.

"We're slowly coming down to earth after some big celebrations. It's still not really sunk in the fashion we won the title.

"The manner we did it won't be beaten for a long time. It will go down in history as a dramatic finish and it will be tough to beat."

England squad for Euro 2012: Goalkeepers - Green (West Ham), Hart (Man City) Ruddy (Norwich).

Defenders - Baines (Everton), Cahill (Chelsea), Cole (Chelsea), Johnson (Liverpool), Jones (Man Utd), Lescott (Man City), Terry (Chelsea).

Midfielders - Barry (Man City), Downing (Liverpool), Gerrard (Liverpool), Lampard (Chelsea), Milner (Man City), Parker (Tottenham), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Walcott (Arsenal), Young (Man Utd).

Forwards - Carroll (Liverpool), Rooney (Man Utd), Welbeck (Man Utd), Defoe (Tottenham).

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