Villa duo ready for England - Barry

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Gareth Barry believes Aston Villa team-mates Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Young deserve to be called up by England head coach Fabio Capello for next month's friendly international with Germany in Berlin.

Capello has already indicated that he will use the non-competitive matches before the World Cup qualifiers resume in April to try out budding stars. And Barry has seen more than enough at first hand of the form of Agbonlahor and Young to know they deserve a call-up.

"The friendly international coming up would be an ideal opportunity for Ashley and Gabby who are both on a fine run of form with Aston Villa," said Barry. "Obviously, it is not for me to say who should be called up but I am sure they will have been watched again."

He added: "Hopefully their chance will come because they deserve it. The England manager will know the Germany game is a great chance to see players like Ashley and Gabby."

Barry has become an England regular during the past 14 months but that does not mean he is keen to give up his place against Germany for the sake of experimentation.

The 27-year-old said: "It gives you a bit of a buzz when you are playing for your country and things are going so well. Of course, it is going to lift everyone.

"The manager has said he will experiment (against Germany) but I had four years out of the England squad - and those four years I was out of things, you can't get them back.

"I want to play at every opportunity for my country now."

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