Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has come back from his England exile, and it is understandable why.
After last summer’s European Championships, the midfielder was overlooked by Sam Allardyce, whose spell in charge of the national team was pretty much over before it really began.
For a period of time this season, Barkley struggled to hold down a regular place in Ronald Koeman’s team and he was subjected to a spot on the bench.
However, the 23-year-old is now performing well and has been rewarded with a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England team for an international friendly with Germany and a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.
Barkley has scored five goals and produced seven assists in 29 appearances in all competitions.
Opta has revealed that the midfielder is also at the top of the England charts of players who have created the most goalscoring opportunities.
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Throughout the campaign so far, Barkley has created chances for his team 64 times, and no other English player has been able to better it.
There is an undercurrent of concern over the midfielder’s future, though, as he has 15 months left on his contract and a new deal is yet to be agreed.