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England take on international colosuss's Andorra in what should be a real clash of the titans, a hum-dinger for the ages.

In reality, Capello faces a bit of a no win situation, because if we don't get at least eight then everyone will say England are crap and if we do score eight or more then everyone will point to the fact that at approximtely 70,000 people, Andorra's population is slightly less than that of Scunthorpe. With the result (hopefully) academic, what a lot of fans will be looking for is whether the England team will be showing a pride and passion that many say they display for their clubs, but not for the national team. This argument has gained momentum in recent days with the revelations from Jamie Carraghers autobiography (entitled, with typical scouse ingenuity and wit "Carra")

that "Defeats wearing an England shirt never hurt me in the same way as losing with my club." This accusation was vehemently denied by Gareth Barry, who claimed that there was "no difference at all from losing a game for my club and losing a game for my country". A worrying statement seeing as we all know that Gareth doesn't give much of a toss about Villa. In the picture above taken earlier in the summer, we can see Nigel Reo-Coker and Stilian Petrov begging Barry to stay at the club, but the haughty bastard is clearly adamant that he's going to be departing. Look at his defiant posture as he coldly glares back at their pleading faces. So ashamed is he to wear the Villa shirt, he's ripped the stitching of his name off the back. Unfortunately for poor old GB, stingey Liverpool wouldn't stump up the wedge so he has remained a Villain in more ways than one.



Capello went so far as to claim that the transfer saga had led to Barry underperforming in the Czech Republic game (slightly preposterous seeing as how he'd played a blinder, getting a couple of assists in the Premiership fixture against Man City a few days prior) but with no Gerrard, Carrick or Hargreaves in the middle of the park, England will need Barry and the rest of the players to start performing for their country, because the serious business of World Cup Qualification starts here. As much as I've been antagonised by Gareth's summer antics, he has always been a player I've highly rated and never understood why Sven left him out in the cold. Gerrard and Lampard in England shirts seem to be as comfortable together as Bush and Putin wearing Vietnamese dresses so its a blessing in disguise that one of them is out. Hopefully Barry can play an important part in getting the national teams campaign off to a flyer, COME ON ENGLAND !

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