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Joey Barton renounces his international retirement

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton says he knows he is capable of playing at international level after watching the standard of football for the last month.

Published 14/07/2014 | 17:06

Joey Barton has come out of international retirement after watching the standard of the 2014 World Cup
Joey Barton has come out of international retirement after watching the standard of the 2014 World Cup

Joey Barton has announced he is making himself available again for England selection after watching the team's dismal display at the World Cup.

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The Queens Park Rangers midfielder retired from international football in May 2013, causing a stir with his announcement given he had only ever played a quarter of an hour for England, in a friendly against Spain six years earlier.

He had a good season helping the London club to promotion to the Premier League through the playoffs and wrote on Twitter he believes he is capable of playing at international level.

"After reviewing England's performance at the WC, I have decided to renounce my international retirement," he said.

"Having seen the standard, I believe it's possible. Having played at the level before I feel I am a better player now than when I was capped.

"People might not know whether I'm being serious or not. Trust me, I am deadly serious. Thats all I'll say on the matter for now.

"Now it's time to put up or shut up."

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