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Villa's Barry: I gave up on Eriksson's England

Aston Villa captain Gareth Barry admits he "gave up" his England career while Sven Goran Eriksson was in charge.

Barry said: "It can be frustrating when you are not selected - so making three or four squads in a row is in itself a big change for me.

"There were times when I thought I was not going to get back in again. Three or four years have ticked by; you have not made a squad - and you start fearing the worst.

"Under Sven, I basically gave up hope. People have got their own ideas - and when your name is not mentioned for so long, you do give up hope.

"But I always felt I was playing well enough, that time was still on my side - and I kept just got my head down at Villa and kept going.

"I felt that if and when a new manager came in my chance would come again - and it eventually did.

"Now it is nice to be talked about in a positive light, and I want to get myself around as many England squads as I can and help this team qualify for Euro 2008."

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