By Matt Farr
Everton star Ross Barkley has held crisis talks with England manager Gareth Southgate following his latest international snub.
The 23-year-old was recalled to the England senior squad by Southgate for the recent fixtures with Germany and Lithuania, having impressed for Everton in recent weeks.
However, Barkley remained an unused substitute throughout both fixtures, meaning he has now spent each of his last seven consecutive England matches watching from the sidelines.
The midfielder appeared to vent his ongoing frustration on Sunday night when he ‘liked’ a tweet from Squawka, which highlighted his lack of minutes in England colours of late.
But Southgate admitted to the Sun that he had held talks with Barkley on Saturday in a bid to curb his frustrations after being left on the bench in the friendly clash against Germany.
He said: “I had a good chat with Ross on Saturday because he will be a bit frustrated not to get on. I needed to explain why I hadn’t put him into the game against Germany.
“Against Lithuania, I felt it might have been a good one for him to come into but, the way it played out, unfortunately we couldn’t get him on the pitch.
“He’s just got to keep doing well with Everton. He is a player that can make things happen.”
Barkley’s frustration extends to life well before Southgate, with previous managers Sam Allardyce and Roy Hodgson also giving him the cold shoulder.
Hodgson had included Barkley in his England squad for Euro 2016, but he didn’t play a single minute of their campaign.
He was then dropped from the setup when Allardyce took charge against Slovakia.
Despite earning his recall to the squad this month after a series of impressive displays for Everton, he has now sat on the bench and watched England face Portugal, Russia, Wales, Slovakia, Iceland, Germany, and now Lithuania.
His last appearance for his country came against Australia in May 2016, coming off the bench in a 2-1 win.
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