Gareth "Cash and Barry" has amassed an impressive 39 caps for England, of which about half have come since 2006 World Cup savior Owen Hargreaves' knees fell off.
He's never been incompetent. The problem is, he's never really been that good, either. The argument for Barry's inclusion, despite his pre-tournament injury and his anonymous performances for Manchester City, was that England need a defensive runner to cover the midfield.
To most people's minds, that means Scott Parker, the perennially underestimated midfield destroyer, or Owen Hargeaves, the perpetually injured show-stealer.
This tournament, Barry's inability to play the first match made us all suddenly think he was some sort of world beater.
Unfortunately for Cash and Barry, rather than highlight his defensive ability, this World Cup rather made us wish Capello had taken Scott Parker.
The City man was awful in possession, playing almost all his long balls out of play, and was largely at fault for two goals against Germany—although, of course, it would be ludicrous to suggest he was the only one.
Fortunately, he's 29 now, so by the time the next World Cup swings around, he'll be 33 and hopefully long past it.