Gareth Barry "very proud" to equal Ryan Giggs's Premier League record

Michael Owen of Newcastle contests with Joleon Lescott of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs tips Gareth Barry to reach 700 Premier League appearances

Barry, who has also become the first player to start 600 Premier League matches, admitted that he was surprised by his longevity but insists that he is not thinking about retirement any time soon.

Barry is expected to surpass Giggs as the record holder when West Brom visit Arsenal next Monday. He is a great lad off the pitch, he has mixed in really well with the rest of the lads and has been our best player in almost all the games we have played so far.

"It's one of those for a few years down the line yet, once I have finished playing and can look back on it all".

"It's game by game, season by season, but I think there's some gas in the tank yet!"

"I will stop when I stop enjoying it and I will know when I have had enough and can't keep up with the boys".

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He said: "As I've said you admire him for a difference and since we've brought him in he hasn't surprised me with his attitude, his application and his dedication to his professional sport".

632 - the appearance record he now shares with Giggs. "It was a game where there wasn't many chances, but West Ham are a good side, and they've come and they've worked very hard today".

The Hammers played out a goalless draw with West Brom away from home at The Hawthorns in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Only eight minutes later, Chris Brunt was involved again as he sent a delightful cross into the box but Gareth Barry's header just glanced the top of the bar.

2 - major trophies in his career - the 2011 FA Cup and 2011-12 Premier League, both with City.

2,000 - Barry's header against Sweden in November 2011 was England's 2,000th goal in worldwide football. He'll break my record and credit to him, records are there to be broken.

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