Barry kicks off for England
- 03 October 2011 08:36
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Phew! International week is upon us once more, and the BBC have been quick off the marks to grab Gareth Barry for his take on England's showdown with Stefan Savic's Montenegro.
So they lead the way with the traditional build-up to Friday's tie, the first of a long line of player interviews that will seem increasingly familiar long before the day of the game dawns.
Hey ho. Heeeeere's Gareth: "Gareth Barry is confident England will get a result in Montenegro on Friday - to ensure qualification for next year's European Championships.
"The teams drew 0-0 at Wembley last October but England will win Group G provided they do not lose. Fabio Capello's squad tops Group G with 17 points to Montenegro's 11.
"'We know it's going to be tough,' Barry said. 'They kept us out at Wembley and will be up for it in their home city. We go there confident.'
"Montenegro can win the group if they beat England at the City Stadium in in Podgoria, then go on to win in Switzerland on 11 October.
"That scenario would put England into second place and a two-legged play-off with a team from another group for a place in the finals in Poland and Ukraine next summer.
"'It's a massive game,' Barry conceded. 'When the fixtures came out we knew Montenegro away was going to be a tough fixture. We were hoping that the group would have been won by then. It hasn't worked out that way but it's in our own hands.'"
Similar quotes will be available from most other England players. Just be patient ...
They report: "Striker Sergio Aguero has played down the severity of the injury, insisting that he will be joining up with the Argentina squad on Monday."
The source? Kun himself apparently. They re-tweet this tweet: "I am very happy because the doctor told me I have only a muscle bound! Tomorrow I come back to the national team!!"
Not long to go until that old transfer window gets flung open once more. We can hardly wait ...