Parker's not in my league insists Barton
Published 04/07/2011 | 05:00
Joey Barton yesterday ridiculed suggestions that Scott Parker was a better player than him.
Barton was writing on Twitter and defending his recent claim that he was the best English midfielder around. The Newcastle United player had told French magazine 'So Foot' in April that he was the best of his compatriots.
Yesterday a Twitter user suggested that Parker and Jack Wilshere were better than Barton.
While Barton admitted the class of Arsenal's 19-year-old, he dismissed claims that Parker was his superior. "Wilshere is class and is goin (sic) to be an infinitely better player than me," Barton conceded, "but Parker -- come on.
"He's not in my league", Barton wrote, "...FACT he s (sic) actually in the championship." Barton also pointed to the games between Newcastle and West Ham last season: "Did I not dismantle him twice, think it was 2-1 at their place, 5-0 at ours!!"
When asked to explain his absence from the England squad, Barton explained: "... that's political and not professional."