2012/13 Barclays Premier League
The left-footed midfielder had become one of the most reliable in the Premier League while at Villa and built a reputation for his versatility and consistency. His form did not go unnoticed by England boss Fabio Capello, who gave him a holding role in the centre of midfield.
Barry was first called up by Kevin Keegan in 2000 and has featured under every manager since, but suffered a four-year international exile under Sven Goran Eriksson until 2007.
He was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool in 2008, but he remained at Villa Park for another season before heading to Eastlands. After a solid but unspectacular first season, he will be looking to improve in his second year as competition for places increases.
Strengths: An excellent passer of the ball, Barry's great strength is his versatility which allows him to play as a holding midfielder, attacking midfielder, or defender. He is also a cool penalty taker.
Weaknesses: Up against the very best, he has struggled to match up, while he is also lacking a burst of pace.
Career high: His two performances for England against Israel and Russia in September 2007 led many to claim that he should be first-choice alongside Steven Gerrard in central midfield.
Career low: Stripped of the Villa captaincy after his courting of a move to Liverpool, he clashed with Martin O'Neill and angered his loyal fans.
Style: Confident, versatile, industrious, a top squad player.
Quotes: ''He just comes in and gets the job done on a daily basis. You can hang your hat on Gareth Barry - he's able to produce performance after performance and that is invaluable to any team." Mark Hughes, October 2009
Trivia: Gareth Barry's agent is his former Brighton and Aston Villa team-mate Michael Standing.
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