Joey Barton, who has one England cap to his name, has dismissed talk of the so-called Golden Generation of players.

The players that the Golden Generation consists; namely Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, David Beckham, Wayne Rooney etc, have never actually won anything at international level.

Barton therefore argues that they do not constitute a Golden Generation. In fact, as a football team, England have only ever won one competition, the famous World Cup victory over Germany in 1966.

Since then, the Three Lions have not managed to reach the final of an international tournament, and made the semi-finals on three different occasions.

Speaking at the Leaders in Football conference yesterday, Barton said: "I don't think we've had great players. People go on about the golden generation. I don't think we've had it because they haven't won anything, so they're not a golden generation.

"Without getting side-tracked, what I was going to say is we've had good players who we've given to good coaches, which have mostly been good, foreign coaches, who've developed our good players to become better."

Barton then went on to explain his views on the difference between coaches and managers, using Sir Alex Ferguson as an example. 

"We don't honour coaches in this country, we honour managers, we love managers," he added.

"I am not here to disrespect Fergie. He is a great manager, the icon, the pinnacle of British management. But he couldn't put on a coaching session to save his life. I've spoken to people about him and he can barely lay out cones. This is not a coach, this is a manager.

"This is the difference - there is a big, big difference between a coach and a manager."

Barton is in fine form for QPR this season, helping Harry Redknapp’s side to joint-top of the Championship table with a game in-hand on rivals Burnley.

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