Bar­ton backs him­self to be a golden oldie

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By MATT JOHN­SON

JOEY BAR­TON reck­ons he will be play­ing un­til his for­ties – af­ter win­ning back his Eng­land place!

The 29-year-old mid­fielder moved to QPR in the sum­mer af­ter be­com­ing a fans’ favourite at New­cas­tle.

Bar­ton has shown im­pres­sive form in his short time with the R’s, which has led to calls for him to add to the lone Eng­land cap he won in 2007.

“It would be great to play for Eng­land again,” said Bar­ton.

“I feel re­ally sharp, as I should do hav­ing just turned 29, and foot­ball.

“I think I’ll play un­til I’m about 38 or 40 be­cause my game is not based on pace or power, it’s all about knowl­edge of foot­ball and ma­nip­u­lat­ing the ball.

“So I'm con­fi­dent I can play for a long time.

“If I de­cide to coach or man­age in the fu­ture, it would be quite pru­dent to have ex­pe­ri­enced a dif­fer­ent cul­ture or phi­los­o­phy of foot­ball.

“Or even just ex­pe­ri­enc­ing


en­joy­ing my how the ap­proach changes when you man­age play­ers from dif­fer­ent back­grounds or cul­tures.

“If the op­por­tu­nity arose to play abroad in the fu­ture, I’d def­i­nitely con­sider it.”

Bar­ton is lov­ing life at QPR and em­brac­ing every­thing that Lon­don has to of­fer.

“I’m not at­tracted by the bright lights of the city but there are things in this place I want to do to broaden my hori­zons,” he said.

“I was in Soho the other day and there’s loads of char­ac­ters around there!”

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