Date: 30th October 2008 at 5:51pm
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Gareth Barry says both Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Young are ready and should be called up to the full England squad for next months waste of time friendly v Germany in Berlin. A friendly v Germany? That is surely the very definition of an oxymoron?!

The former Villa skipper and England regular told the Mail that the friendly would be ideal for both Ashley Young and Gabby to move their good Villa form to the international scene. Will Capello agree? Hmmm!

‘Obviously, it is not for me to say who should be called up but I am sure they will have been watched again. Hopefully their chance will come because they deserve it. The England manager will know the Germany game is a great chance to see players like Ashley and Gabby.’

Barry, who scored for Villa v Blackburn last night, said playing for England gives him a ‘buzz’ (isn’t that a form of public transport in Birmingham?) adding, ‘The manager has said he will experiment but I had four years out of the England squad – and those four years I was out of things, you can’t get them back. I want to play at every opportunity for my country now.’

Do you think both players are ready for a call up?