John Barnes' brilliant solo goal against Brazil in the Maracana Stadium in 1984 marked his arrival at international level. His dazzling and intuitive play made him a firm favourite with the Kop at Anfield during his stay with Liverpool and in 1993/1994 John was installed as Liverpool club captain.
Under and management of Graeme Souness and Roy Evans, John moved from playing on the wing to central midfield where his vision and passing ability established him at the centre of Liverpool's exciting young team.
As captain John lifted the 1995 Coca-Cola Cup, beating Bolton Wanderers 2-1 before losing to Manchester United in the 1996 FA Cup final. John moved from Liverpool in 1997 to join former team mate and manager Kenny Dalglish at Newcastle United before joining Charlton Athletic.
In the summer of 1999 John joined Scottish giants Celtic as Head Coach, where he laid the foundations for the club's future success including buying Swedish international Henrik Larsson and overseeing the redevelopment of the side.
His amiable and relaxed manner, especially in the face of long-term injuries, has won many friends off the field. His appearance as a guest captain on BBC TV's Question of Sport programme was particularly popular and paved the way for a budding broadcast career, spearheaded by regular appearances on ITV as a studio guest and match analyst.
John has since joined Channel 5 and is the channel's principle football presenter and regularly brings his insightful knowledge and understanding of football to television screens. In conjunction with his television work John is also studying for his UEFA B License and plays an active role in the Liverpool Legends team.
A member of an exceptional sporting family, John's mother is a well-known presenter on Jamaican television and his father is a former senior member of the country's armed forces.