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Barry backs Wilshere to shine for England

Gareth Barry admits he could be vying for one England midfield slot against Wales tomorrow after conceding that Jack Wilshere's form means the 19-year-old is likely to start the Euro 2012 qualifier.

The re-emergence of Scott Parker means Barry's place — and that of Frank Lampard — are under increasing threat.

Barry said: “There is a good chance Jack will be involved with the way he is playing.

“The more he has played this year, the more his performances have grown and his confidence has grown.

“I've seen a lot of Arsenal's game and Jack has been putting in some great performances. There is a very good chance he will play in the game. You always want to play alongside the best players and, at the moment, Jack is playing well.

“It is great for England that he has come through so early and hopefully he can just keep improving.”

Barry is reluctant to talk up his own chances of starting against Gary Speed's side.

He said: “As with any other game, I'll be going into it not knowing the team etc, not expecting to play but sort of hoping.

“We've got four central midfielders vying for two places if it's 4-4-2. I am hopeful I can be involved but I'm aware there are some very good players vying for places as well.”

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