By Harvey Byrne
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has shared that he was “shocked” that Everton attacking midfielder Ross Barkley did not make the latest England squad.
The 22-year-old Toffees youth graduate was left out of Gareth Southgate’s with attackers Wayne Rooney, Adam Lallana, Jack Wilshere, Raheem Sterling, Theo Walcott, Andros Townsend and Jesse Lingard favoured.
The Three Lions were able to complete a convincing 3-0 victory over international rivals Scotland on Friday evening, but Merson believes England are wasting Barkley’s talent.
“I was shocked Barkley wasn’t in the latest squad for last night’s game with Scotland and Tuesday’s friendly with Spain,” wrote Merson in his column for the Daily Star.
“He had a blinder against West Ham and surely he’s going to be around for years to come. You’ve got to pick players like that for the future.
“If he was Spanish you can guarantee he’d already be playing regularly for Spain. We’re wasting his talent.
“Other countries must laugh at us when they see how we treat kids like Barkley. We complain about too many foreign players coming to play in the Premier League.
“But then we can’t find room in the England squad for one of the most talented young players we’ve got.”
Barkley has made 12 appearances for Everton this season in all competitions with a return of three goals and one assist.
The 22-time capped England international was also left out of Sam Allardyce’s first squad in the summer and hasn’t been included since the European Championships.
He has also been dropped by Ronald Koeman at club level this season with the Toffees looking to improve on a miserable last campaign.
The Dutch manager has got the Goodison Park outfit sat in seventh place currently with a fixture against Swansea coming up after the break.
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