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Sep 27, 2011

Barton still pines for England call

QPR captain Joey Barton has not given up hope on getting an England call-up during a career which he says could still have more than ten years to run.

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Barton moved to London from Newcastle in August after an eventful four-year stay on Tyneside and has already made his mark for Rangers, with the club unbeaten in his three games to date.

Despite signing a four-year deal with the club he says he would be tempted by a move abroad at some stage in his career and is keen to add to the lone cap he got for England in 2007.

"It would be great to play for England again,'' Barton told the London Evening Standard. "I feel really sharp, as I should do having just turned 29 and I'm enjoying my football.

"I think I'll play until I'm about 38 or 40 because my game is not based on pace or power, it's all about knowledge of football and manipulating the ball. So I'm confident I can play for a long time.

"If I decide to coach or manage in the future, it would be quite prudent to have experienced a different culture or philosophy of football. Or even just experiencing how the approach changes when you manage players from different backgrounds or cultures.

"If the opportunity arose to play abroad in the future I'd definitely consider it.''

Barton, who is known for his outspoken views on Twitter that have attracted over half a million followers, admits he in enjoying everything the capital has to offer after his free transfer to QPR.

"I like to jump on the tube but I haven't got an Oyster card yet,'' he said. "I'm not a big fan of driving so once I get the internet set up at my new place I'll order my Oyster card and get going properly on the buses and the underground.

"I'm not attracted by the bright lights of the city but there are things in this place I want to do to broaden my horizons. I was in Soho the other day and there's loads of characters around there.

"I like people-watching and was able to look at everyone and think 'maybe I'm not as peculiar as I once was'. At the moment it feels great to be here. There's a lot more to see and do in London and that appeals to me."

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