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QPR's Marseille loanee Barton hits out at England about call for Palace's Zaha

Marseille midfielder Joey Barton has criticised England boss Roy Hodgson for his selection of Wilfried Zaha.

The 20-year old Ivory Coast-born Crystal Palace winger has replaced the injured Wayne Rooney in the Three Lions squad for Wednesday's friendly with Sweden in Stockholm but the decision has been met with disapproval by Barton who is on loan from QPR.

The outspoken former Newcastle United man has criticised the idea of handing caps out to youngsters who were born elsewhere and believes his old Magpies teammate Kevin Nolan should have been given an opportunity.

"Not a fan of the latest craze, giving caps out so as players don't go and play for other countries. Doesn't sit well with me that...," he wrote on Twitter.

"I'm not on about (Liverpool's Raheem) Sterling, I'm on about Zaha. Not played in the Prem yet. (Kevin) Nolan scored more Prem goals, yet don't get a look in? Baffles me.

"My brain is asking why no Kevin Nolan? Surely, he warrants a call up more than most?" he added.

"On Premier League goals alone, consistently for the last 8 yrs, he deserves at least a call up."

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