Collymore questions England selection as Everton man axed, slams Arsenal man
By Matt Farr
Stan Collymore has questioned the decision to omit Ross Barkley from the England starting eleven to face Lithuania on Sunday night.
The Everton midfielder was overlooked by Gareth Southgate for the upcoming World Cup qualifier, with Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain getting the nod instead, as the team was confirmed on the England official Twitter account.
— England (@England) March 26, 2017
But Collymore swiftly took to his own personal Twitter account to criticise the decision to leave the in-form Barkley on the bench, and slammed the Arsenal 23-year-old for his stalled progress with the north London club.
Barkley should be in ahead of the Ox for me. Lad has learned a slightly different role at #EFC and done it well. Ox has stalled mostly.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) March 26, 2017
Barkley made a slow start to the campaign under Ronald Koeman, but has since re-discovered some of the form that made him one of the most promising young talents in England only a short while ago.
The attacking midfielder has shrugged off criticism from his own manager to play a starring role in Everton’s last few fixtures, as well as earning himself a recall to the England setup; albeit as a substitute.
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He has five goals and seven assists from 30 appearances this season, including two assists from his last three Premier League appearances.
In contrast, Oxlade-Chamberlain has had a fairly miserable few weeks with Arsenal, with the Gunners losing six of their last nine games in all competitions.
Playing in a new central midfield role for Arsenal, Oxlade-Chamberlain has yet to contribute a goal or an assist since the FA Cup win over Southampton at the end of January.
But Southgate has decided to select the Arsenal man in his side to face Lithuania on Sunday.
In other Everton news, the Toffees are in a two-horse race to sign this League One goalkeeper.