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QPR's Barton realistic over any England call-up

QPR midfielder Joey Barton has almost accepted his one England cap back in 2007 may well be his last following his latest omission from Fabio Capello's line-up. "It doesn't surprise me at all," the 29 year old told Sky Sports News.

"I've sort of become accustomed to it - so much so that I don't even bother looking anymore."

Barton was surprised, however, at some of the other players that were ignored by Capello this time around.

"There's a few omissions that I would have had in my England squad but I'm not England manager," he said.

"I just felt Micah Richards was really unlucky. For me he's been one of the solid England players and I think he did fantastically well against Manchester United at Old Trafford. I know Micah quite well so I'm sort of biased towards that.

"I was also surprised that none of the boys from Newcastle United (were included).

"They've had a fantastic start to the season but no-one can get in the England squad (like) Steven Taylor, Danny Simpson, those kind of boys."

He added: "I'm not England manager, I'm not here to pick the England team, I was just surprised that there were a few players in there who are currently struggling for club form.

"We're going to play games against Spain and Sweden. If you're not playing well you will be found out.

"Capello is paid £6million odd a year to get it right. Let's hope he does.

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