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Barton wins first England call-up
Man City's Joey Barton wins his first full England call-up
Barton's form has impressed England boss Steve McClaren
Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton has won his first England squad call-up for the friendly against Spain at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Real Madrid's on-loan Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate is recalled for the first time since 2004.

Newcastle's Kieron Dyer and Gareth Barry of Aston Villa also return after long absences from the national squad.

BBC Sport columnist Owen Hargreaves, of Bayern Munich, is named for the first time since breaking a leg in September.

Barton, 24, was expected to win his first call-up after impressing England coach Steve McClaren with his form and attitude this season.

McClaren is happy to give Barton his chance, despite speculation his inclusion could cause friction after the City midfielder launched a verbal attack on Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.

Lampard took exception to Barton's comments and there had been suggestions that the England coach had been approached by some senior players and asked not to pick the 24-year-old.

There will be no issues, that is the beauty of England

England coach Steve McClaren

The England coach is confident there will be no effects when his squad meets up on Sunday evening.

McClaren said: "There will be no issues, that is the beauty of England.

"The players can be rivals on a Saturday and hate each other. But when they come together with England it is a common cause.

"Joey is coming into a fantastic squad and everybody will be professional."

Barton joins up with Manchester City team-mate Micah Richards, who is expected to win his second cap, having made his England bow against Holland in Amsterdam in December.

As expected, Chelsea defender Ashley Cole is not named after suffering a knee injury in the Blues' win over Blackburn.

England skipper John Terry is included in the squad despite a lack of first-team action since undergoing back surgery at the end of December.

Woodgate's inclusion marks the end of an injury nightmare for the former Newcastle and Leeds defender.

His last appearance for England was against Sweden in March 2004, since when his international career has been put on hold by a spate of injuries.

McClaren has watched the centre-half put in some strong displays for Middlesbrough but Woodgate himself remained cautious saying: "I am not really thinking about England."

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Dyer is another player recalled to the England colours after a long battle with injury. He last played for England in March 2005.

Barry has been recalled following a four-year international exile.

His reward for some impressive peformances for Villa this season is a chance to add to his eight caps.

Barry was resigned to never winning another cap under previous boss Sven-Goran Eriksson but McClaren has brought him back for the first time since March 2003.

Next week's friendly is Spain's first visit to England since February 2001 and is the 21st encounter between the two sides, with England claiming 11 victories to Spain's six.

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres returns to the Spain squad but Real Madrid striker Raul is omitted.

Carles Puyol and Sergio Ramos will both play even though they will miss the forthcoming Euro 2008 qualifier with Denmark through suspension.


England (squad):
Robinson (Tottenham), Foster (Watford), Kirkland (Wigan); Gary Neville (Man Utd), Phil Neville (Everton), Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd), Woodgate (Middlesbrough), Bridge (Chelsea), Terry (Chelsea), Carragher (Liverpool), Dawson (Tottenham), Richards (Man City); Lennon (Tottenham), Gerrard (Liverpool), Hargreaves (Bayern Munich), Carrick (Man Utd), Downing (Midd'boro), Wright-Phillips (Chelsea), Parker (Newcastle), Lampard (Chelsea), Barry (Aston Villa), Barton (Man City), Jenas (Tottenham), Dyer (Newcastle); Rooney (Man Utd), Crouch (Liverpool), Defoe (Tottenham), Johnson (Everton).

Spain (squad):
Reina (Liverpool), Casillas (Real Madrid); Lopez (Atletico Madrid), Ibanez (Atletico Madrid), Puyol (Barcelona), Capdevila (Deportivo La Coruna), Ramos (Real Madrid), Navarro (Sevilla); Fabregas (Arsenal), Iniesta (Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), Lopez (Celta Vigo), Alonso (Liverpool), Albelda (Valencia), David (Valencia); Torres (Atletico Madrid), Arizmendi (Deportivo La Coruna), Angulo (Valencia) , Morientes (Valencia), Villa (Valencia).



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