Joey Barton made his England debut against Spain in February, coming on as a substitute.
2007 Caps 1, Goals 0
Career Caps 1, Goals 0
England are able to boast an embarrassment of riches in central midfield, but such was the form of Joey Barton last season that Steve McClaren could not ignore his international credentials for long.
The combative midfielder had long craved for the opportunity to oust regular first choice pair Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
And after a series of consistently excellent performances for Manchester City Steve McClaren handed the player his debut against Spain in February.
Barton replaced Lampard with England trailing 1-0 and although he could not help salvage a draw, he did enough in an energetic 12-minute cameo to suggest that further caps will be forthcoming.
Injuries have hampered his progress since then but Barton made a high-profile transfer to Newcastle, who paid Manchester City £5.8 million for his signature in June.
"I was nervous with the anticipation of whether or not I'd be in it because this was the first squad that I would really have been disappointed to miss out on.
"There are world-class players ahead of me but I have the chance to prove what I can do. I'm not saying I'm world class, you don't just suddenly get to become a world beater overnight, and it's a slow process. I'm at the bottom of the ladder but I'm looking forward to start climbing it."