Everton mid-fielder Ross Barkley is back in contention for a place in the England national squad for the EURO16 later this year, thanks to his impressive performances for the Toffees this season in the Premier League.
Hodgson, the England manager who has closely looked at the progress of the 22-year old has in the past criticized him of his in-game management.
Barkley in his first stint in the national team back in 2014 was not at his best and hurt the England side with his game in the middle.
Hodgson in 2014 said, ‘He lost the ball an awful lot of times. ‘If he’s going to be the player we want him to be, he has to make better decisions of when he turns with the ball.”
‘I think Ross had some good moments. I think he needs to learn when he can turn with the ball and when he has to keep the ball.’
This has raised concerns over the long term international career of the Everton mid-fielder. However, his recent performances in the blue of Merseyside have surely caught the eye of the manager who is now considering the Liverpool born attacker for a pivotal role in the squad.
Barkley is now set for a lead role in the England national team after Roy Hodgson was apparently impressed with the maturity and discipline that the player added to his game.
England have upcoming friendlies against Germany and Holland, two games which provide the manager yet another chance to test his team before the main competition in France. Barkley who has started 4 out of the last 5 games for the Three lions will surely be given an important role in this game.
The 22-year old was also a part of the 40-man England get together at the St Gorges Park yesterday. This meet was a part of Hodgson’s plans to finalize his team that will travel to France in the off season.
However, there was not uncapped player present at the meet along with players like Cresswell and Mark Noble and this has not gone un notice by West Ham manager Slaven Bilic.
Bilic in an interview said, ‘Forty players and none of our’s are there? Really? ‘I was a manager of a national team for six years (Croatia), so I don’t like to interfere like that. I don’t know situation in the dressing room. ‘All I can say that if you ask me, I didn’t see many midfielders having better seasons than Mark Noble or a better left-back than Aaron Cresswell.
‘They should at least be mentioned.’