Barry and I were comfortable in midfield, insists United battler Hargreaves

Last updated at 12:19 27 March 2008

Owen Hargreaves has expressed his relief at finally starting an England international and insisted that his midfield partnership with Gareth Barry was a success.

Hargreaves was drafted into the team when Frank Lampard was taken ill and played the full 90 minutes for the first time since last March's 3-0 win over Andorra.

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Anelka and Hargreaves

Happy to play: Owen Hargreaves (right) battles with France's Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka

The 27-year old said: "It was great to play for England again, it has been a while really. It has been

a bit stop-start for me this season, not only with Man United but with England as well, so it was nice to get

back in and to play 90 minutes again.

"I thought we [me and Barry] were quite comfortable in the first half and unlucky to concede. We played some good football in the opening 45 minutes and possibly could have created a few more chances. Overall, I thought we were unlucky."

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