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Gareth Barry was a full England international for a small period since his move to Manchester City, but he has now fallen out of favour at international level. He has not played for the England national team since May 2012.

Back then, he suffered an injury while playing for the national team. When he returned to full fitness, he found that his players had been taken by Michael Carrick and he has never come close to beginning his spot since then. He has also lost his place at City, which has led to the loan move to Everton in the summer.

The 32-year-old has been in fine form for Everton this campaign, which have prompted suggestions that he should be on the plane to World Cup 2014. Pundit Mark Lawrenson, though, recently stated in a column that Barry should not be recalled to the national team because England and the player have moved on. He will no longer be good enough at international level according to the former Liverpool player. Everton manager Roberto Martinez has angrily reacted to the statements by saying that Lawrenson does not know about the player since he does not see him daily.

"That's a typical comment from a media person who doesn't know how the players are on a day-to-day basis. What I'm very pleased about is that we've got a lot of English players who can help the national team if the manager feels they are needed. I've spoken about Gareth Barry, I've spoken about Phil Jagielka, the good form of Leighton Baines, the emergence of Ross Barkley," said Martinez. Barry has made nine appearances for Everton so far this season.

He reckons that Barry is one of the best professionals he has seen in his career and he deserves a call up to the national team.

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