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First coach backs Villa's Barry for England success

The man who discovered Gareth Barry says the Aston Villa captain can be an England regular.

Les Rogers, who coached Barry at Brighton before he joined Aston Villa at 16, is convinced his protege can become an England regular.

Rogers said: "Even at a very young age he stood out because he had such a fantastic left foot.

"When he was a young lad at Brighton he played in every position possible, he was just a natural footballer. He phoned me before the Israel game and told me he thought he would get a chance.

"I'm so proud he has taken the opportunity with both hands."

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