John Barnes MBE is an English former footballer, rapper and manager of Jamaican and Trinidadian origin, who works as a commentator and pundit. A fast, skilful left wing player, Barnes had successful periods at Watford and Liverpool in the 1980s and 1990s, and played for the England national team on 79 occasions.
He joined Watford at the age of 17 in 1981 and over the next six years made 296 appearances for the club, scoring 85 goals. He made his debut for England in 1983 and four years later joined Liverpool for £900,000. Between 1987 and 1997 Barnes won the then top-flight First Division twice and the FA Cup twice with Liverpool, scoring 106 goals in 403 matches. By the time of his last appearance for England in 1995 he had been capped 79 times. After two years with Newcastle United, he ended his playing career at Charlton Athletic in 1999.
Barnes moved to Scotland to become head coach of Celtic in 1999 with his former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish as director of football. This was not successful and Barnes was sacked in 2000. Since then Barnes has managed the Jamaica national team in 2008–09 and the English club Tranmere Rovers for four months in 2009.
During his playing career Barnes was named the PFA Players' Player of the Year twice (in 1987–88 and 1989–90) and the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year once (in 1987–88).