England v Kazakhstan: Gareth Barry set to resume training
05 Jun 2009. Daily Telegraph
Manchester City’s ?12million signing Gareth Barry is due to resume England training ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Kazakhstan following a collision earlier this week.
Barry was reported to have limped off the pitch after being brought down by another player during a practice match at the Central Stadium.
However, contrary to media reports, the other squad member was not his former Aston Villa team-mate, Bolton’s Gary Cahill, who was called up as a late replacement for the injured Rio Ferdinand.
The Express claims the duo had clashed after the late challenge, with Barry refusing to acknowledge Cahill or shake his hand.
England’s path to next year’s World Cup finals in South Africa will be left looking distinctly smoother if they can come through the meeting with Kazakhstan unscathed.
Fabio Capello’s side have put themselves in a strong position by winning their first five matches in group six, but automatic qualification as winners of the six-team section is still some way from being assured.
When the effects of a long season, an eight-hour flight and five-hour time difference are added into the equation, it is clear there is some potential for an upset, and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard is the first to admit England have to be top of their game.
“It can be difficult if you think negatively or you think you are tired, if you are thinking about the end of the season,” he said. “But for me there are still two big games to play to get seven wins out of seven and put ourselves into a fantastic position to qualify.
“We want the job done as soon as possible though, and with all due respect to Kazakhstan and Andorra, these are games we should win.”