By Amir Mir
Everton midfielder Ross Barkley was left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad to take on Malta and Slovenia in World Cup qualifiers- and fans on Twitter questioned the decision to leave him out.
Interim England manager Southgate has taken over the reigns as national boss following the shock departure of Sam Allardyce last Tuesday following a newspaper investigation.
Supporters questioned the decision making of Southgate, who selected Stoke City right-back Glen Johnson and Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard in his first squad.
Fans asked why Toffees midfielder Barkley was not selected, but the likes of Johnson and Lingard were, as they labelled the England team as the worst squad ever.
Additionally, one supporter asked why manager’s don’t rate the young English midfielder, after he was left out of the previous national squad by then-manger Allardyce.
But other fans did state that Barkley needs to be surrounded by better quality players and needs to have the burden taken off his shoulders, if he is to improve.
Overall, the Goodison Park faithful were disappointed that their star player was left out of the England reckoning once again.
Here is a selection of messages from Everton fans reacting to Barkley’s England snub:
— SaveGrassRootsFooty (@savegrassroots) October 2, 2016
Ross Barkley needs to get back on track consistently for us before he looks at England again. Much better v Palace on Friday.
— Watched Toffee (@WatchedToffee) October 2, 2016
@WatchedToffee He needs to be surrounded by better quality players. The burden needs to be taken off his shoulders.
— Neilbm (@nismoneil) October 3, 2016
The WORST England squad ever, clyne's injured but Why is Johnson in instead of a young English full back? 2 where is Ross Barkley??
— Jake Miller (@jakeymiller_) October 2, 2016
How is Ross Barkley not in the England squad?!
— Jordan Mckinley (@JordanMaccers17) October 2, 2016
— Matt Richardson (@MattUKzRichie) October 3, 2016
Why do England managers not rate Ross Barkley??? 🤔
— Toby Egan (@Egan_1) October 2, 2016
Barkley has made nine appearances in all competitions this term for Ronald Koeman’s side scoring two goals and providing one assist.
The 22-cap England midfielder has scored two goals and provided three assists for his country and was part of the national side that got dumped out of Euro 2016 to Iceland, but he failed to make a single appearance in France.
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