There have been a lot of discussions recently regarding Ross Barkley’s England international career after the 23-year-old was an unused substitute for the seventh match in a row during the Three Lions’ most recent duo of fixtures.
Boss Gareth Southgate included the Everton midfielder in his 24-man collective for the friendly defeat to Germany in Dortmund and the 2-0 2018 World Cup qualifier victory over Lithuania at Wembley last weekend.
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It was expected that the Toffees playmaker would feature in at least one of the two ties, with the latter the most likely, however the Liverpool-born man was left frustrated yet again at having to watch his side from the touchline.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli and Liverpool’s Adam Lallana were the ones to get the nod ahead of Barkley for the clashes, playing behind a single striker on both occasions.
But with their more impressive form, why would they not?
Alli has netted 10 more goals in the Premier League so far this season than the Blues attacking midfielder, whereas Lallana has seen his efforts hit the back of the net on three more occasions and has assisted the same amount with arguably a lesser quality strike-force ahead of him.
Both players offer more across their game than the 23-year-old and have been imperative for their respective clubs’ successes during this campaign.
Barkley is a talented footballer without question, however if the choice is two between the three, Alli and Lallana will always come out on top.