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Gareth Barry tells Everton midfielder to prove Sam Allardyce wrong after axe

By Amir Mir

Gareth Barry has told his Everton teammate Ross Barkley to prove Sam Allardyce wrong after he was axed from the England squad.

England manager Allardyce omitted the midfielder from his first squad to face Slovakia in the World Cup qualifier which they won 1-0 on Sunday, with Adam Lallana scoring a late winner.

Barry, who has 53-caps for England, believes Barkley should feel disappointed at being axed, but backed his team-mate to prove Allardyce wrong.

“Ross can feel a little bit hard done by,” said Barry as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

“It’s a tough job being England manager and Sam said it was a really tough decision for him but in terms of Ross now he needs to use that to help him improve and not get down about it, but prove the manager wrong and get himself in the next squad.

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“In a selfish way for Everton that means him performing well for Everton, so that can only be good for us.”

Barkley has made 22 appearances for England and has two goals to his name on the international stage.

The versatile midfielder failed to make an appearance for then-manager Roy Hodgson during Euro 2016 in the summer, as England were knocked out by minnows Iceland.

Barkley has scored two goals in four appearances in all competitions for Everton so far this season, and Ronald Koeman’s side sit third in the Premier League.

In other Everton team news, the club’s new summer signing is keen to learn from manager Ronald Koeman.