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Barry expects Wilshere to start

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

Barry was a first choice under Fabio Capello up to and including the 2010 World Cup which he played in after battling to overcome an ankle injury. But the rise of Wilshere and the re-emergence of Scott Parker means Barry's place - and that of Frank Lampard - are under increasing threat for the Cardiff clash.

The Manchester City player 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."

He added: "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. It will be great for the country."

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, 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. All four of us are slightly different players and the manager has got options. If he wants to change it, the players are there to do it."

Parker impressed during the second half of last month's 2-1 win in Denmark in what was his fourth cap under four different England managers.

Barry said: "I'm surprised Scott has not played more for England A player like that should have picked up more caps over the years. But, for whatever reason, he has not managed to do so."

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