Koeman challenges Everton man to force his way into England reckoning

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has challenged Ross Barkley to force his way back into the England setup, report ESPN.

The 22-year-old midfielder was the major name dropped from the Three Lions’ side as Sam Allardyce replaced Roy Hodgson in charge.

That came after he and former Toffees teammate John Stones were the only two outfield players not to play a single minute at Euro 2016.

Still, the 22-cap England star has been in good form at Goodison Park since returning from the tournament, scoring once and registering an assist so far.

He is thought to have played himself into contention for a new deal on Merseyside and this season is perhaps the biggest of his career to date.

Though Allardyce has a wealth of options in the playmaker berth, Barkley can surely play his way into contention in the buildup to the 2018 World Cup.

Now, his club manager has challenged him to force his way into Big Sam’s reckoning.

“What he needs to do is to play good football, to show his qualities and show Big Sam every weekend that he needs to select the player”, said the Dutchman.

”That is the best answer for the player by himself.”