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John Barnes
John Barnes
TV pundit, former club manager, and highest capped black footballer

John Barnes was born in Kingston, Jamaica on November 11th 1963. His footballing career started at Watford in 1981. He then spent 10 years at Liverpool, where he helped them to win the FA Cup and two League Championships. A brilliant solo goal against Brazil marked John's arrival on the international scene and he went on to score 12 goals in 78 appearances for England.

The inspirational Jamaican-born player moved to Newcastle United in the 1997-98 season, boosting their Champions League squad and turning in many impressive performances before ending his Premiership career at Charlton. John linked up with former playing colleague Kenny Dalglish to become head coach at Celtic but is now concentrating on his media career.

John has been a match analyst on ITV's coverage of international and domestic football for many years including working on coverage of the 1998 World Cup in France, Euro 2000 in Holland and Belgium and most recently the World Cup 2002 in Korea/Japan.

Away from football, John serves as an ambassador for Save the Children, with trips including visits to Kenya and Ethiopia. As a father of four with sons Jamie and Jordan, and daughters Jemma and Jasmine, John adds: "A lot of my time is now spent on the school run and taking them to various football, rugby and ballet groups. I'm just the chauffeur."




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