By Harvey Byrne
Everton fans have blasted England boss Gareth Southgate on Twitter after he elected to leave Ross Barkley on the bench in both of the Three Lions’ fixtures in the international break.
The 46-year-old former Middlesbrough man left the 23-year-old as an unused substitute in both the 1-0 defeat in Wednesday’s friendly against Germany as well as the World Cup qualifying 2-0 victory over Lithuania on Sunday.
The call-up initially brought a lot of excitement for the Toffees player and supporters after he was rewarded for his fine form this season with his first selection for the England squad since the summer’s European Championships.
However, it ended in disappointment, as he failed to play a single minute and now Everton fans have aired their anger towards manager Southgate on social media after he omitted Barkley.
Some fans labelled Southgate’s decision as a “joke”, while another simply called him another “yes man”.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Southgate is just another FA yes man, no different than "Liberace"Hodgson. Barkley is far to expressive for the liking of the top brass 😡 https://t.co/ZQ24gI0inw
— David Ashton (@DaveAshton1961) March 26, 2017
Ox-Chamberlain playing in a team low on morale,losing games or Barkley playing for a team in form and high on confidence? Clueless Southgate
— Paul Robinson (@Paulrobbo7) March 26, 2017
Foolish management from Southgate re Barkley. Give him half an hour, everyone pipes down. Leave him out totally and it's an issue.
— Chris Smith (@cdsmith789) March 26, 2017
Barkley being wasted by Southgate as much as he was by Hodgson. Better off spending a week with Koeman
— Mikey A (@mikjaal) March 26, 2017
Has Southgate taken barkley to try n brake him what's the point if taking him and not playing him absolute joke #ENGvLIT
— craig mark (@craigmark1) March 26, 2017
Barkley has won 22 caps for England since making his international debt for the senior team back in 2013 during a World Cup qualifier against Moldova.
He was once considered one of the country’s biggest prospects, but for now it seems like his focus will be on continuing to shine for Everton and helping Ronald Koeman’s side move back into the top seven of the Premier League.
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