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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

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Gareth Barry, who captained England for the first time in the 1-1 draw against Ghana last night, was a happy man at the post match press conference.

The Man City midfielder, who was given the armband in the absence of John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard and anyone else who could have done a better job, was "delighted" with his performance at Wembley.

"I'm a proud and happy man. To be asked to captain your country, no matter what the circumstances, is the best feeling you could get.

"I was chuffed with my overall game but, after seeing the Match Data Analysis, I'm even more delighted. The stats show that not only did I match my previous best performance of 125 completed square passes, but my fellow midfielders Jack Wilshere amd James Milner also excelled in that department. Whereas Jacko in particular used to be noted for his piercing forward runs, anyone who watched last night's game would have noticed that he never left the midfield area and ran me very close in terms of number of negative balls played.

"So my influence as captain has obviously had a positive effect on the team in general.

"This sort of statistic should put me right at the top of the replacement captains tree the next time every other half decent player is unavailable."

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