Ex-Crystal Palace chief claims Barkley is not trusted by managers

Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has raised an interesting point on Twitter by suggesting that managers may not trust Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.

The businessman was referring to Gareth Southgate’s decision not to give the 23-year-old one single second of action for England during the recent internationals.

Barkley was an unused substitute in the friendly against Germany in Dortmund and in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania, which ended in a 2-0 victory for the Three Lions at Wembley.

Many probably predicted that the midfielder would get some game time after an impressive few months at club level, but it was not to be.

Barkley himself seemed to let it be known that he was frustrated with the staleness of his international career after ‘liking’ Squawka’s tweet that he has not played a single second in his last seven call-ups.

In response to Dominic King’s Daily Mail blog about the confusing treatment of Barkley, Jordan suggested that perhaps the footballer cannot be trusted by the man in charge of selecting the team.

Earlier in the season, Barkley struggled to hold down a regular spot in Ronald Koeman’s team at Everton, but he has pretty much been a starter since the turn of the year.

So far in the campaign, the midfielder has scored five goals and created seven assists in 30 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees.