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By Chineze Ogugua

Gareth Barry broke Ryan Giggs’ Premier League appearance record last night when he captained West Brom in their 2-0 loss to Arsenal to record his 601st start in the top flight.

The 36-year-old midfielder was made Baggies captain in honour of his 633rd Premier League appearance, surpassing the mark set by former Manchester United winger Giggs.

In a post-match interview, he said, “I’m very proud to reach this number but like anything I try to put it to the back of my mind and concentrate on the game of football.”

Barry made his debut for Aston Villa at the age of 17 against Sheffield Wednesday on May 2, 1998.

He joined Manchester City where he won the title in 2012 and later Everton before joining West Brom on a free transfer this summer.

Barry currently has 53 caps for England.


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