By Amir Mir
Martin Keown believes Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been mismanaging Ross Barkley this season.
The 22-year-old midfielder has been in and out of the starting XI this term as his club manager has urged him to take “responsibility”.
Barkley, who scored against West Ham last Sunday, was substituted at half-time against Sunderland in September, then dropped for the Manchester City clash in October.
Former Arsenal defender Keown gave this answer when asked if Barkley should be called up to the next England squad.
“Gareth Southgate has been all for developing young players and Barkley is one of them,”Keown told the Daily Mail. “He is a great talent and the sort of player that Southgate should be nurturing and trying to bring through.
“Ronald Koeman, Barkley’s manager at Everton, usually finds a way to get his English players to adapt to his ideas.
“I don’t think he’s been getting it completely right with Barkley so far – and vice versa. If it was me, I would try to build the Everton team around him.”
Interim England boss Southgate takes on Scotland in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley on November 11 and Barkley will be hoping to make a return to the squad.
The boyhood Toffees fan was part of the touring party that got knocked out of Euro 2016 by Iceland, but he has not been selected for the three lions since.
Barkley has made 11 Premier League and EFL Cup appearances this season, where he has scored three goals and provided one assist.
Koeman’s side travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening to take on Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, who have won their last five league fixtures.
In other Everton team news, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has made this bold claim as the Toffees visit Chelsea on Saturday.