I’LL CARRY ON UNTIL I’M 40!
Barton backs himself to be a golden oldie
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!”