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Man Utd's Hargreaves backed to take Barry's England role

Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry is only keeping his England place warm for Manchester United's Owen Hargreaves, says former Three Lions star John Barnes.

Barnes said: "Gareth Barry has been England's most consistent player in the last three games, and so deserves to play against Russia, and I think he will be able to do that quite comfortably.

"But with all things being equal and everybody being fit, that role in the long term, I believe is Owen Hargreaves' role.

"Defensively against better opposition, he is probably better as a holding midfield player."

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