29 Mar 2011

Barry to captain England in friendly

10:47 am on 29 March 2011

The Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry will captain England in tomorrow morning's football friendly against Ghana at Wembley.

Barry has been handed the skipper's armband because England coach Fabio Capello has allowed his recently reappointed captain John Terry to miss the match as a favour to Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Terry, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Wayne Rooney and Michael Dawson have been sent home by Capello to rest ahead of a busy period for their clubs, who are all competing in the Champions League, and that left Barry as the most senior player remaining in the squad.

Barry wasn't even in Capello's 18-man squad for Sunday's 2-nil Euro 2012 qualifying win over Wales in Cardiff, but the absence of so many other experienced players made him the best captaincy option for the Italian.

The England boss has now used seven different captain's during his three-year reign, although Barry has some previous experience of leading England.

He took the armband for the second half of a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago in June 2008 and also had brief spells as skipper during the latter stages of friendly wins against Egypt and Denmark.

The 30-year-old also led Aston Villa for three years before his move to Eastlands and Barry is confident he won't be affected by the extra pressure of captaining his country.