By Alex Taylor
Harry Reknapp believes that Everton star Ross Barkley should have featured for England at this summer’s European Championships.
The 23-year-old attacking midfielder has scored 12 goals and provided 11 assists in all competitions this season and featured in every single Premier League game for the Blues.
The youngster who played a prominent role at the World Cup two years ago was an unused substitute in all of England’s tournament matches at this summer’s European Championships.
The Toffees academy starlet spent the tournament watching from the sidelines alongside Everton teammate John Stones as the likes of Jack Wilshire, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford all enjoyed considerable game time throughout the tournament.
“I would have persevered with Ross Barkley and even thrown him on against Iceland the other night,” Redknapp told the Evening Standard. “At half-time, I’d say to him: “Okay, I didn’t start you but now’s your chance. Come out here, change this game for us.
“We need to show what you can do — you are different class. Run the game, cement your place in the team and take us into the quarter-final.” Hopefully Barkley would feel 10ft tall.”
Redknapp was touted as the man to take over from Fabio Capello four years ago but much to the surprise of both England fans and players, the FA decided to appoint Roy Hodgson instead,