A fast, skilful left wing player, John Barnes had noteworthy 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. After two years with Newcastle United, he ended his playing career at Charlton Athletic in 1999. Barnes had success in music as well as football, writing and performing the rap section of New Order's 'World in Motion'.