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Everton midfielder Barry targets World Cup call

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry believes he can play his way into England's World Cup squad.

Barry is shining on-loan from Manchester City.

"The World Cup was not in my mind (when I signed for Everton)," he told the Telegraph, "I didn't feature for England last season. Roy Hodgson's impression of me was training for 10 days, half a game (against Norway) and I came off with a hernia.

"It was not good in the back of his mind about Gareth Barry in terms of what he's seen close up. But the manager (Martinez) came to my house (before signing) and said: 'I believe if you play for us we'll get you back in the team for the World Cup'.

"In the last six weeks I've had more headlines than I did at City in four years. It's because the manager speaks so highly of me, believes in me, and isn't frightened to tell everyone as well. I've also got to give myself some credit as well."

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