Fabio Capello does not trust Joey Barton enough to consider him as a realistic England candidate.
Despite his own insistence that he is one of the most effective midfielders in the Premier League, Barton's international career still only extends to a 12-minute substitute appearance against Spain at Old Trafford in 2007 - a cap earned during Steve McClaren's time in charge.
The Italian simply feels the Newcastle midfielder - transfer-listed earlier this week after his blast against the club's hierarchy on Twitter and with a string of problems, both on and off the pitch, on a sorry crime sheet - is too volatile to be trusted. He said: "He is a good player but he is a dangerous player because sometimes you could end up playing 10 v 11. He might get sent off."
When it was put to the Italian that Barton's "head might go", the answer was firm, before a further explanation as to why he could not be considered this week.
"Yes," said Capello. "But this is not a good moment to decide something about him.
"When a player is fighting with his club it is normal to stay outside. The relationship between a club and a player is really important."
Capello was speaking after a Q&A session as part of the Just Play initiative, the Football Association's national campaign to increase grassroots participation in the sport amongst English adults, backed by sponsor Mars.
The folly of Barton's refusal to adopt a more mature stance to his entire career could be viewed in Scott Parker's presence within the England fold, even though, as it presently stands, he is looking ahead to a season in the npower Championship with West Ham.
After spending so long on the outside of England gatherings, it seemed odd Capello should assure Parker he would not be dumped, even if he fails to secure a move away from Upton Park before the transfer window closes. However, Capello does feel it would be better for the 30-year-old if he remained a top-flight player.
"If I find a really good player in the Championship I will pick him. Why not?" said Capello. "Parker is one of the players who can play with the national team."
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