Blackpool boss Holloway: QPR skipper Barton England class

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway says QPR captain Joey Barton deserves to be considered for England.

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway says QPR captain Joey Barton deserves to be considered for England.

In his column for the Sunday Mirror, Ollie wrote: "The QPR midfielder has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons again last week following his latest spat with Wolves captain Karl Henry.

"And people are once more talking about Joey Barton the troublemaker when they should be raving about Joey Barton the incredible footballer.

"He was terrific for my old club at Wolves last week and should have been basking in the glow of a fantastic three points.

"He has been given a new start by Neil Warnock and it’s time for him to get rid of Twitter and do his talking on the pitch. If you’ve got a problem with someone then have it out with them face-to-face in private.

"Joey was good enough to play for England before and I think he can be good enough to wear the Three Lions shirt again.

"But when managers buy players and send them out on to the pitch they are trusting them with their ­livelihood.

"Neil Warnock has put his trust in him by signing him and ­immediately giving him the captain’s armband.

"Now it’s time for Joey to repay that faith and, if he can keep his head down and do the things which make him one of the most talented players in the Premier League, he would be good enough for England. I’d hate him to hang his boots up one day full of ­regrets."

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