David O´Leary has admitted his surprise at Sven-Goran Eriksson´s decision to deny any sort of opportunity to Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry after his fine form this season.

Barry has been a model of consistency on the left side of midfield and even filled in effectively at left-back in the absence of Wilfred Bouma and Jlloyd Samuel. He has clocked up over 300 first-team appearances and recaptured the form he demonstrated during Graham Taylor´s reign after returning to Villa for a second spell in charge. But Eriksson has continued to overlook former Brighton trainee Barry since the early part of his reign as England coach.

O´Leary told PA Sport: "I think Gareth has been very consistent and I´m surprised that he hasn´t been looked at in a friendly international. He´s gone into the left-back role for us and done well in the left midfield position. He has done solid jobs everywhere I´ve asked him to play."

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