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Pearce defends Newcastle's Barton over England blast

England U21 boss Stuart Pearce has defended Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton after his England blast this week.

Pearce said: "Reading between the lines and in support of Joey, I would probably think he was trying to say 'I need to play for Newcastle before I can think about playing for my country'.

"When he got the call-up, he was absolutely made up. I'm sure that was the nature of his comments."

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