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Barton Slams Boring Hodgson

Joey Barton is never one to shy away from the limelight, having made some of the best football quotes in 2012. He has now said that he thinks England should dispense with Roy Hodgson as their manager in the wake of the back-to-back Wembley defeats to Chile and Germany…

The vastly-experienced 66-year-old has managed to guide England to next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil, but Barton remains unimpressed by the former Switzerland, Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom coach.

After the 1-0 home loss to Germany, which led to the players being booed from the pitch at the final whistle and England’s chances of winning next year’s World Cup fading in the football betting, Barton tweeted: “I’d bullet Roy. I mean what is the point of the man? Such a boring, tactically stale man.”

Barton, who has won one cap for England, when he replaced Frank Lampard in the closing stages of the 1-0 home defeat to Spain almost seven years ago, added: “I was thinking which Englishman to follow Hodgson? Not many up and coming young ones to think of.

“The coaching development in this country is shocking. The tsunami coming is going to be so brutal for our game, it’s scary.

“No players. No coaches. No grassroots. Once that Premier League money runs low, we are doomed. A footballing ice age is on the horizon.”

Barton believes Spurs star, Andros Townsend, who was such a revelation in the recent World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland, should be an integral part of the England team in Brazil, and thinks Southampton duo, James Ward-Prowse and Luke Shaw, should also be on the plane to South America.

Barton would also have Gary Cahill and Phil Jones as his central defensive partnership next summer, but punters deciding whether to have a bet on football on the bet365 website would be wise to choose the likes of Germany, Spain or Argentina rather than England to win the tournament.

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