Green glad Barry made it

Keeper pleased to see City midfielder in the squad

Barry: Vital to England

Barry: Vital to England

Robert Green is pleased to hear that Gareth Barry has been deemed fit enough for World Cup duty with England.

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The Manchester City midfielder has been named in Fabio Capello's 23-man squad heading for South Africa this summer.

His involvement had been cast into doubt after he picked up an ankle injury towards the end of the domestic season.

He has, however, been cleared to play after rigorous medical tests and is expected to play a major role for the Three Lions as they attempt to land football's biggest prize.

West Ham keeper Green is delighted to have Barry alongside him, as he feels his presence in the anchor role will give others the freedom to express themselves.

"He's a tremendous holding player in midfield which allows the guys to go on and play the game," Green told Sky Sports News before the official announcement was made regarding who was in and who was out.

"A lot's been said about Stevie G (Gerrard) and Frank (Lampard) not being able to do things, being held back, and he allows them to do that.

"He's kind of an unsung hero in that respect to go out and do the job that he does and I think he's proved his importance in that the manager has waited until news of whether he'd be fit to announce his squad.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him on the plane tomorrow (Wednesday)."


While pleased for Barry, Green has offered his support to Sunderland striker Darren Bent.

He was among those trimmed from the 30-man preliminary squad, with Capello preferring to add Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe to his attacking options.

"Darren will be disappointed with that," said Green.

"It's a tough choice to make but I'm sure it's a pleasing choice for the manager because he's got such difficult choices to make over which players to keep in and which to keep out.

"Jermain has been there and done it at international level and the goals he's scored have proved critical at times."