By Tom Blackburn
Everton fans have reacted with mixed emotions after Ross Barkley was left out of the England squad by Sam Allardyce.
New boss Allardyce has named his first squad as England manager, as the nation prepare to take on Slovakia in a World Cup Qualifier.
Since making his senior debut aged just 17, the attacking midfielder has played 144 times for Everton, scoring 22 goals and adding a further 20 assists.
His form for Everton earned him a call-up to the England side and he has now played 22 times for his country, but he was left on the bench by Roy Hodgson for all four games as the national side failed to reach the Euro 2016 quarter-finals this summer.
Twitter has understandable reacted with shock to the omission of a player who is largely regarded as one of the country’s most prized and talented assets.
That said, some Everton fans are happy that the attacking midfielder will be able to focus on playing for the club.
Made up Barkley isn't in the squad. Keeps him fresh for us. Be arsed with international footy, nothing more than an inconvenience
— Blue Peter (@pete316) August 28, 2016
Barkley's fit. Ridiculous decision by Allardyce. One of the most talented young players in the country, form of his life – dropped by #eng
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) August 28, 2016
No Ross Barkley!? Outrage
— David Hollow (@DaveHollow) August 28, 2016
Find the outrage over Barkley's omission from the England squad bizarre. Flattered to deceive for a while now and hasn't really kicked on.
— James Heneghan (@James_ChronNTFC) August 28, 2016
Barkley omitted.We all knew that any technically gifted player would be dropped by Sam.He would have dropped Gazza for a Milner type player.
— Mallen (@Mr_Mallen) August 28, 2016
Barkley can stick to the current regime under Koeman, continue to rebuild his confidence rather than be told by Sam to play long balls.
— Koeman's Toffees. (@KoemansToffees) August 28, 2016
— Wally (@gwally04) August 28, 2016
Where is Ross Barkley in the England squad!! Surely he should be there!!
— Glenn White (@glennwhite84) August 28, 2016
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