QPR midfielder Joey Barton reveals desire to play for England again

The 29-year-old has admitted it would be “great” to represent his country for a second time, and also expressed his desire to move abroad before the end of his career
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has revealed he still retains ambitions of representing England, despite not playing for his country for over four years.

The outspoken 29-year-old’s sole international cap came in February 2007, during a friendly match against Spain, but Barton is hoping he can earn a recall.

"It would be great to play for England again," Barton told the London Evening Standard.

"I feel really sharp, as I should do having just turned 29 and I'm enjoying my 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 how the approach changes when you manage players from different backgrounds or cultures.

Barton also revealed he would be open to the possibility of plying his trade abroad should the right chance come up.

He added: "If the opportunity arose to play abroad in the future I'd definitely consider it."