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Barry participates in England training

Glen Johnson, Stewart Downing, Steven Gerrard and Stuart Pearce during training session.
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Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry was among a full complement of 21 players to train with England at Wembley ahead of Wednesday's friendly with Holland.

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After confirming four of his squad had withdrawn on Monday through injury, interim coach Stuart Pearce had hoped to have everyone available for the only full training session scheduled ahead of a testing encounter with the World Cup finalists.

And the fact Barry shrugged off the back problem that prevented him playing any part in City's weekend win over Blackburn was good news.

Pearce has surprisingly not called up any replacements, despite the absence of Wayne Rooney, Darren Bent, Kyle Walker and Tom Cleverley.

It means he has only three recognised strikers in his squad, who have just four caps between them and a grand total of 82 minutes on the pitch.

It suggests either Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge or Fraizer Campbell, or possibly all three, will have some significant involvement.

However, more interest surrounded whom Pearce would select as captain.

A former England captain himself, the former full-back had said he would not make a final decision on who gets the armband until Tuesday or Wednesday.

There has been no indication precisely when that conclusion will be arrived at and Football Association officials have stressed nothing should be read into the fact City goalkeeper Joe Hart has been selected to attend Tuesday lunchtime's scheduled press conference.
 

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