Roberto Martinez isn't keen on the prospect of Ross Barkley playing for England in this summer's U21s European Championships, suggesting that it would be a retrograde step for the midfielder.
Although Gareth Southgate has more or less ruled out taking Raheem Sterling, a similarly established Premier League player, for the tournament, he is still considering calling up Barkley but while Martinez said that Everton have a good relationship with the Football Association and would discuss the matter more fully, he voiced his misgivings at his press conference today.
"I think at the moment it's impossible to give a straight answer," the manager told reporters. "We have a very good relationship with the FA and Gareth Southgate and we will speak about it I am sure.
"But... Ross Barkley has been involved in the best possible tournament, the World Cup with the senior side, so I don't think other tournaments can be a positive, not just for him but for the rest of the squad.
"Those experiences for the Under-21s are to prepare you for the senior level and once you have reached the senior level I think you are blocking someone else's path.
"I think Ross has been full of terrific experiences and is growing all the time but clearly it will be a decision based on what the Under-21s manager wants to do and we'll always be happy to assess on that basis as we always do."
Reader Comments (24)
Note: the following content is not moderated or vetted by the site owners at the time of submission. Comments are the responsibility of the poster. Disclaimer
1 Posted 16/01/2015 at 18:00:50
2 Posted 16/01/2015 at 18:13:00
It just may be the making of BarkleyÂs potentail to be given better coaching of the modern game than what he seems to be recieving at F.F.
3 Posted 16/01/2015 at 18:24:25
Sometimes you need to take a step backwards in order to take two steps forward.
6 Posted 16/01/2015 at 19:02:19
7 Posted 16/01/2015 at 21:00:06
8 Posted 16/01/2015 at 21:11:14
9 Posted 16/01/2015 at 23:31:17
10 Posted 17/01/2015 at 01:22:16
Also let's be fair, his form is awful; a run out in a favoured position with less pressure may help him enjoy his football.
11 Posted 17/01/2015 at 07:48:07
As an England fan I also want our best players playing in the side. A stronger team means more chance of success and development of a winning culture. The current system sure as hell hasn't been working.
12 Posted 17/01/2015 at 10:01:18
13 Posted 17/01/2015 at 10:14:29
Shot to pieces at the moment and scared to try anything. Moving him after QPR performance to accommodate Barry did not help anyone.
14 Posted 17/01/2015 at 11:37:28
I fear he will go through his career with all these flaws in his game because he does not seem to have progressed despite being a regular first team player over the past 18 months. Ross cannot be compared to Rooney in any shape or form. I hope I am proved wrong but I doubt he will ever reach anywhere near that level.
Playing for the Under-21s can hardly do him any harm, but given his recent poor form and lack of progress, would he be an automatic choice?
15 Posted 17/01/2015 at 12:37:59
Maybe Ross should pay heed, albeit for totally different reasons... it shows that, without the right application, that immense talent is just a wasted luxury.
16 Posted 17/01/2015 at 12:41:15
Well, I have news for Roberto: Ross is a centre-midfield player who had his best game in that position against QPR.
Ross has lost his football mojo. The only way he will get it back is to play him in the centre of midfield next to Besic or McCarthy for the rest of the season.
And he SHOULD go to the Euros for more experience as he got nothing but earache from Woy at the World Cup.
17 Posted 17/01/2015 at 19:10:51
I think the guy needs all the experience he can get at present as for sure he's going nowhere under Martinez. And whilst Hodgson gets criticism for his handling of the player, I think his is the more honest approach because all the flattery has done nothing for him whatsoever.
18 Posted 17/01/2015 at 19:31:19
19 Posted 17/01/2015 at 19:46:33
20 Posted 17/01/2015 at 19:52:11
We've got quite a few players with limited experience but who are in key positions. Robles, Lukaku, Barkley, Stones, Besic. You would hope the senior pro's would be pulling their weight, but many are just as guilty of playing below par.
As key creators and goalscorers Barkley and Lukaku are doing the most difficult job in football and both have come in for a lot of stick. Lukaku, by his own admission, has sorted his head out in the last few weeks and is giving every game 100% effort. Hopefully Barkley will do the same.
If I'm honest I don't think Barkley should be in the U-21's. He's gone past that level, ability wise. He needs to be playing with players of a higher level to gain anything useful. Whether his form is good enough for the full squad is another matter.
My opinion is that either he goes with the full squad or stays at home.
21 Posted 17/01/2015 at 21:05:06
I would just like him to get a consistent run in our team playing behind the striker... which will help him to get into some kind of rhythm and help him find some consistency. It isn't beneficial to anyone trying to jam Naismith and Barkley into the side at the same time; neither of them are wingers and more often then not, Barkley is played out of position out on the wing... and it's clear that this isn't young Ross's position and he doesn't (yet) have the maturity keep swapping about in different roles.
Sadly, Naismith (for all his commitment and hard work) is still a very limited footballer. Barkley has 5 times more natural ability... so lets just keep him in the side in a settled position and let his natural ability develop and shine through.
22 Posted 18/01/2015 at 10:19:36
My thoughts are that he should, when everyone is fit, play in a midfield 3 with McCarthy and Besic and be given some freedom.
23 Posted 18/01/2015 at 10:39:17
When he's pushed further forward, he's easier to mark and he is also reliant much more on trying to find intricate little gaps for passes. That kind of football intelligence to make the right decision in tight space only comes with experience.
25 Posted 18/01/2015 at 15:19:26
Also, I would like Baines to play CM more often to make way for young Garbutt. Baines looked more than capable of playing midfield over the festive period and it would be a tradgedy to lose Garbutt because he’s not getting the opportunities he deserves.
26 Posted 18/01/2015 at 15:23:43
If there were a midfield 3 instead of a 2 then Barkley could not only be accommodated, but also play in the position where he has given his best performances.
I also think you're right about Garbutt... although I'd drop Baines completely. Baines has been a complete let-down this season. His corners are crap, he has stopped getting forward and contributing to our attacking play so much.
In the few appearances Garbutt has had, his set pieces actually look dangerous and he has been getting forward too. I've been disappointed not to see Browning either when we've been short at centre half. He looked quality when he has played.
27 Posted 18/01/2015 at 15:41:47
How about this for a starting 11?
Coleman Jagielka Stones Garbutt
McCarthy Barkley Besic
Mirallas Lukaku Kone
I think Browning is a RB. He played well there against RS earlier this season and is only 5'-11" in height which is rather small for a CB. Furthermore, I watched him play CB against Sunderland U-21s and he was very shaky in that game. Looks much more like a RB to me.
Add Your Comments
In order to post a comment, you need to be logged in as a registered user of the site.
Or Sign up as a ToffeeWeb Member — it's free, takes just a few minutes and will allow you to post your comments on articles and Talking Points submissions across the site.