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.
Joey Barton has announced he is making himself available again for England selection after watching the team's dismal display at the World Cup.
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.
After a review of my reviewing process international aspirations will go on hold for the time being. Consolidating QPR in PL is No1 priority— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) July 14, 2014
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.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) July 14, 2014
"Now it's time to put up or shut up."