Roy Hodgson shuts the England door on Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry

The midfielder's international future looks bleak

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The Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry is facing the end of his international career, with Roy Hodgson preferring to go with younger players for the remaining World Cup qualifiers and the build-up to next year's finals in Brazil.

Barry, 32, who has won 53 caps since making his debut in 2000 under Kevin Keegan, has not been picked for an England squad by manager Hodgson since Euro 2012.

Ahead of next week's friendly against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley and against Brazil in the newly refurbished Maracana Stadium in Rio on 2 June, goalkeeper Ben Foster is an injury concern.