We all know that England haven’t been very good for some time now. Numerous managers have come and gone in recent memory with nothing more than ensuring the country continues to be deeply disappointed with the national team and it’s consistent underachievement.
Gareth Southgate is the latest man tasked with making England great again, but questions are already being asked about his selection process. He was praised for calling up players who aren’t necessarily the biggest in the Premier League but have their club form behind them that warrants a call up to the national team.
Not many managers have done that over the past 15 or 20 years, so it was refreshing to see the likes of Jake Livermore, James Ward-Prowse and Michael Keane get the nod in the most recent squad.
And then there’s his decision to call up Ross Barkley. The youngster has been brilliant for Everton this season and definitely warranted his latest England call up. However, the midfielder didn’t play a single minute against either Germany or Lithuania last week.
That means Barkley has failed to make a single appearance for England in their last seven games in all competitions, despite getting called up for every single one of them. But why, if he’s good enough to earn a call up, is he not deemed good enough to make an appearance?
We’ve asked that question in our discussion video below. Have a watch and then let us know what you think in the comments section underneath…