Aston Villa fans already consider their captain priceless but Gareth Barry is doing his own market value no harm after another blistering England display.
Last night's friendly international against Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain saw him saw him score his first goal for his country and receive the skipper’s armband from David Beckham during the second half.
Barry, 27, may still be at the centre of intense speculation over a proposed move to Liverpool, but he managed to remain focused on the job in hand last night to do England manager Fabio Capello proud.
Barry was a shining light in what was an otherwise uninspiring performance by England despite a 3-0 victory over the Soca Warriors out in the Caribbean and was suitably happy with his performance come the final whistle.
Barry said: "That was a fantastic way to end the season for myself. To get my first international goal and then to lead my country out was a fantastic day all round and a day I won’t forget.
The Villa midfielder also became the only England player to have featured in every game this season and continued: "It was well publicised I was out in the wilderness for three or four years, but to feature in every game this year and to let everyone know I can play at this level was big for me.
"When appearances build up, it is finally nice to get on the scoresheet and once one goes in, hopefully two or three can roll in after."
Capello was able to have the England squad together for their longest spell under his reign so far and Barry believes the players are now well aware of what is expected of them.
Barry said: "It was important for the staff and the players to get to know each other and we now know how he works and we look forward to the games next season.
"From that first game against Switzerland it was all about taking steps forward and from the four games we have had, the manager feels we are moving in the right direction."
Barry’s performance will no doubt have reignited the debate over his future but the player himself refused to comment further on the issue of a proposed move to Liverpool although he did hint last week that he would be meeting with his club manager Martin O’Neill upon his return from his England duty to finalise his future.