By Will Butcher
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has revealed that veteran midfielder Gareth Barry will be selected to make his 600th Premier League appearance on Saturday.
The 35-year-old has been playing in the Premier League for a remarkable 18 years since making since his debut aged 17 for Aston Villa in 1998.
Manager Ronald Koeman revealed the team news on Thursday afternoon when facing the media ahead of the Toffees’ teatime kick-off against Middlesbrough on Saturday.
He said, as quoted by the official Everton Twitter account, that Barry would be selected and that 600 Premier League appearances is “an amazing achievement.”
Already third in the Premier League appearance rankings, Barry will now move to just nine games away from Frank Lampard’s 609 and 32 adrift of Ryan Giggs’ record of 632.
The ex-England international, who won 53 caps for his country as well as appearing at the 2010 World Cup, is renowned for his anchoring of the midfield as well as his smooth passing.
After 11 years at Villa Park and seven games shy of 400 league and cup appearances for the Midlands outfit, Barry decided to chance his arm with Premier League giants Manchester City in a £12million move.
The move turned out to be a success, as he held aloft the Premier League trophy during the 2011-12 season as well as winning the FA Cup with City the season before.
However, he fell down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium and after a successful loan move with Everton, Barry decided to move to Goodison Park in a permanent deal.
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