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Jagielka and Barkley play as England draw in Italy

by | 31/03/2015  Comments (63)  jump
Phil Jagielka was in the starting XI for England's friendly against Italy while Ross Barkley came off the bench 10 minutes into the second half of a 1-1 draw in Turin.

With Leighton Baines back at Finch Farm after picking up a knock against Lithuania, there were just two Everton representatives in Roy Hodgson's squad but only Jagielka got the nod to start.

Barkley came on as a substitute at Wembley last Friday and was introduced again 10 minutes into the second half against the Italians with England 1-0 down to Graziano Pelle's 29th-minute strike.

The 21 year-old showed more flashes of his talent and improved what was a lacklustre display from Hodgson's men until another sub, Andros Townsend, lashed home the equaliser with 10 minutes to go.

Meanwhile, Muhamed Besic played the second half for Bosnia-Herzegovina in their 1-1 draw in Austria, picking up his customary yellow card for a late challenge on Dragovic and Christian Atsu played 67 minutes for Ghana in their 1-1 draw with Mali in Paris.

From the Academy, Gethin Jones played for Wales Under-21s in their 3-1 win over Bulgaria and Brendan Galloway played the full 90 minutes for England U19s in their 2-1 defeat to France.  

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Colin Glassar
1 Posted 31/03/2015 at 20:43:32
Jags has been the best English player so far.
Andy Meighan
2 Posted 31/03/2015 at 20:43:59
Jagielka has been EnglandÂ’s best player by a mile in the first half. This fucking moron Townshend will probably blame him if they get beat though. HeÂ’s made three brilliant blocks and IÂ’ve yet to hear him say anything positive. I hope Jags comes off and they get slaughtered
Andy Meighan
3 Posted 31/03/2015 at 20:50:54
I take back what I said about dickhead Townshend. He just praised Jags to the hilt. Then again, he should: heÂ’s carried the defence on his own.
Patrick McNnally
4 Posted 31/03/2015 at 20:52:27
Agreed, mate, midfield is shite.
Patrick McNnally
5 Posted 31/03/2015 at 20:58:13
Jags again.
James Carroll
7 Posted 31/03/2015 at 21:05:13
BBC review of the goal and Jags:

"Really poor defending from England. Graziano Pelle was unmarked to flick home, he has been really good. He has been strong and held the ball up very well. Phil Jagielka is five or six yards off him, you need to be tighter. Joe Hart had no chance."

James Carroll
8 Posted 31/03/2015 at 21:07:03
Barks on now – and immediately the team is playing better and he is very involved....
James Carroll
9 Posted 31/03/2015 at 21:07:15
....and hereÂ’s what theyÂ’re saying about Ross:

"Lovely from Ross Barkley, feeling for the defender at his back, turning the other way and spreading it out wide for Kyle Walker to clip over the heads of his team-mates. Barkley always likely to give it away, but heÂ’s exciting to watch. Can England afford to build a midfield around him though? Or is he too much of a luxury? HeÂ’s made this better to watch, I know that much."

Patrick McNnally
10 Posted 31/03/2015 at 21:05:58
Delph is amazing. How the fuck did he get in the side?
Patrick McNnally
11 Posted 31/03/2015 at 21:11:01
Henderson just as shit as Delph.
James Carroll
12 Posted 31/03/2015 at 21:16:41
Oh dear:

"No sooner do I say that, and Ross Barkley shows his frustrating side! Harry Kane flicks it on to the Everton man, who gets his head down and drives on, he tries to beat the last man when a simple pass to Wayne Rooney was on. Square it!"

Mike Corcoran
13 Posted 31/03/2015 at 21:19:28
Andros - heÂ’s more like Ritchie than Messi
Mike Corcoran
14 Posted 31/03/2015 at 21:21:52
All night long, all night, all night long...
Patrick McNnally
15 Posted 31/03/2015 at 21:25:38
Jags MotM.
David King
16 Posted 31/03/2015 at 21:28:52
Jags having a great game. England have actually looked good since Henderson and Delph have gone off, how do either of them get in the squad in the first place though, both absolute shite.
Mike Corcoran
17 Posted 31/03/2015 at 21:28:25
Has Ross been told to make no effort defensively, he does not close or track at all
James Carroll
18 Posted 31/03/2015 at 21:35:30

"ThatÂ’s what Ross Barkley can do, rolling his man and making 45 yards right down the middle, a great run, he then lays it off to Harry Kane who thrashes in a first-time strike, stinging the palms of Gigi Buffon from 20 yards. A sign of EnglandÂ’s future, perhaps?"

Colin Williams
19 Posted 31/03/2015 at 21:50:40
Well done Ross.... ThatÂ’s what you call a proper player!... Shut those stupid feckers up! Top performance, Jags!
Eric Holland
20 Posted 31/03/2015 at 21:57:33
I think Ross has changed the game since he came on, and my MotM is Jags by a mile.
Kevin Tully
22 Posted 31/03/2015 at 22:08:00
Jagielka marked a 6/10....same as Henderson in Â’The MirrorÂ’ rankings. WouldnÂ’t be a RS by any chance?

Jagielka kept England in it, thatÂ’s why 99.9% of Evertonians fucking hate anything to do with International football. Biased pricks.

Chris Gould
23 Posted 31/03/2015 at 22:05:37
Glenn Hoddle and Ian Wright in particular praising BarkleyÂ’s positive contribution. Who else can show such an incisive turn and explosive power for England? He made the game exciting.

CanÂ’t believe the abuse he gets on here. HeÂ’s an athlete in the Yaya Toure mould.

Patrick Murphy
24 Posted 31/03/2015 at 22:11:36
Too true, Kevin, They only look for the faults in Everton players and any mistakes they may make, but if you play for the chosen few you can do no wrong. According to the guy on ITV, he asked Glenn Hoddle and I paraphrase "is it good for a player like Barkley to be away on National duty when heÂ’s been out of favour at Everton?"

Another sly dig at Everton, as if it was the club’s fault he hasn’t been playing well this season – so maybe the rumours about him being wanted at other club’s isn’t as far off the mark as some might believe.

James Hughes
25 Posted 31/03/2015 at 22:15:14
Jags proving he is still a good defender.
Patrick Murphy
26 Posted 31/03/2015 at 22:18:18
James, ItÂ’s nice to see Jags returning to his very best, not the most skillful but he always gives 100%. I just read that Marcus Bent used to have Jags as his boot boy in their Sheffield United days.
Trevor Peers
27 Posted 31/03/2015 at 22:12:56
Ross is spot-on when he asks to play a lot more forward for his club. Because defensively heÂ’s a liability he either canÂ’t or wont tackle. So take note Roberto push him up front!
Tony Abrahams
28 Posted 31/03/2015 at 22:21:49
Jagielka did well, but he got lucky once or twice, when he had the ball at his feet.

Barkley injects pace into the game, when he gets the chance to turn.

Carrick might not be the quickest, but heÂ’s a very talented footballer, and England improved from the minute he came onto the pitch

Usually do okay in friendlies, England, but, like Everton, theyÂ’re never as good when the pressure is on!

Jay Wood
29 Posted 31/03/2015 at 22:29:46
Kevin @ 22

"...thatÂ’s why 99.9% of Evertonians fucking hate anything to do with International football..."

And this confirms that 93.6666666% of statistical data is made up on the spur of the moment to prove ... nothing in particular.

Peter McHugh
30 Posted 31/03/2015 at 22:36:06
Jags was good but some revisionism on here. Barkley runs 40 yards and plays it off to Kane – erm no, played a shit attempted pass to Rooney and it gets deflected to Kane.

Barkley was pretty good when he came on not unbelievable. His decision-making was still poor but will get better. He simply does not defend – whether manager and team can accept that, I don’t know.

I do think, if he plays at a top of a diamond, he would be great for us and be the man.

Dave Abrahams
35 Posted 31/03/2015 at 22:43:58
Most Evertonians want Ross to do well. If pointing out his many faults is seen as driving him away, then I just don’t get that – we are trying to improve the lad, something that should be done by the coaches who use the lad.

He is too introverted for his own good, when he showed great skill and awareness by driving straight through the Italian defence, he should have ignored RooneyÂ’s shout for the pass and had a shot at the goal, the same as Townsend had done minutes before>

Until he realises he is as good as most of the English players, he will not improve; lack of confidence is one thing holding him back.

Tony Doran
36 Posted 31/03/2015 at 23:03:48
Jags by far MotM and not a mention for him.
Chris Gould
37 Posted 31/03/2015 at 23:07:20
Dave, you say that a lack of confidence is holding him back. So why do you think pointing out his faults will help him?

Getting on his back when he makes a mistake or pointing out a fault will not improve his confidence. With a decent manager, he will be a fantastic player.

Dave Abrahams
40 Posted 31/03/2015 at 23:15:31
Chris, pointing out his mistakes, if he takes notice of them, then it will improve his game.

Getting on his back for the sake of it is not what a lot of us are trying to do, we want him to succeed, but if he is not told his faults, how is he going to learn?

Chris Feeley
41 Posted 31/03/2015 at 23:21:13
@33 If by saying "I hope that he does prove myself and the doubters wrong, as long as heÂ’s wearing a royal blue shirt" is considered as Â’snipingÂ’ then so be it. However, if comparing contributions on the pitch, why is likening him to Balotelli so inaccurate or unfair?
Trevor Peers
42 Posted 31/03/2015 at 23:14:53
Rooney had it about right at the after-match interview: He described Ross and Townsend as "impact players". In other words, they offer a short burst of energy to most games and will never be able to offer consistency for the full 90 minutes.

It would be great if BarkleyÂ’s impact could end in a few more goals like the Townsend cracker.

Ian Bonnette
43 Posted 31/03/2015 at 23:36:37
Townsend looks rough... Bloodshot eyes and needs a shave. Too much Peroni, Andy?
Eric Holland
44 Posted 01/04/2015 at 01:30:46
@ #30 Love watching the likes of Ronaldo and Messi chasing back and tackling, What is he a defensive mid??
Eric Holland
45 Posted 01/04/2015 at 01:45:05
You think the Daily Mirror are bad!! This is the Mail Online:

Phil Jagielka 5

Heavy touch in bring the ball out and, along with Smalling, failed to command the penalty area for ItalyÂ’s goal. Look ill at ease.

Delph got 5.5 and that was one shit performance by him.

Harold Matthews
46 Posted 01/04/2015 at 01:24:04
Dave. TownendÂ’s shot didnÂ’t come at the end of a 40-yard lung-bursting run where Ross was never completely in control of a runaway ball, being poked forward by the end of his toe.

How many top players make these long high speed runs? Bale certainly, YaYa Toure occasionally... but not many. ItÂ’s a sure way of being knackered in next to no time.

Barkley is a big powerful lad not built for stamina. HeÂ’s not a Naismith or a Besic who can both run all day and not breathe heavy. He has to learn to pace himself whilst not upsetting supporters who want to see more energy. Oh yes, IÂ’ve screamed at him many times.

Right now IÂ’m not certain he is 100% match fit. He was gasping for air after those long runs last night and IÂ’m hoping Martinez will play him further up the pitch. WeÂ’ll see. More than likely heÂ’ll be back on the bench.

Derek Thomas
48 Posted 01/04/2015 at 05:57:10
Barkley, like Rodwell and to an extent McFadden, is getting close to the unfulfilled chasm that goes next to the word Â’PotentialÂ’. I see similarities with both as people are now asking... "Just what is his best position?"

He has a decent bit of pace on him and I know that most times you CAN put Â’staminaÂ’ on to Â’sprintÂ’ but not sprint onto stamina. You also lose the Â’snap and twitchÂ’ reactions when you bulk up too much.

I also have doubts and worries with the way Martinez has handled the whole fitness side of the Club, given our poor over all start, the wholesale resignations and departures of long-serving staff, all the hammies, OsmanÂ’s book and "MartinezÂ’s hardest day was like MoyesÂ’s softest day" revelations. I even think some of BarryÂ’s poor form is down to a lack of a really hard pre-season, the sort that Â’Puts money in the bankÂ’ over a long campaign.

I have also watched with Interest the 3 careers of Israel Folau, RL, Aussie Rules and RU, and how he changed his muscle mass and aerobic capabilities, down with mass and up with speed and stamina and back up with mass for Union. He was I think 98 kg for League, 93 kg for AFL, is now 103 kg for Union and in none of those 3 shapes is or was there any fat.

So it is do-able, all the info is out there in physio-land. Lukaku could do with the same as well.

Tony Abrahams
49 Posted 01/04/2015 at 07:44:10
Harold, I have more fights over football with Dave than anyone, but even if he had run 80 yards he should have ignored RooneyÂ’s two bad runs.

Barkley can be as good as anyone in English Football, heÂ’s got the talent. LetÂ’s get behind the kid, and enjoy him when he comes good.

Jim Bennings
51 Posted 01/04/2015 at 08:17:27
It was a fairly good display from Barkley, pretty much the same as we have always come to expect from him: does great runs and carries the ball well but, until he starts making the right decision with his final ball, then heÂ’s not going to be the complete player he can be. Too often, thereÂ’s not enough at the end of it.

Jags was fantastic at reading most moves and intercepting danger. As we also know though, most of JagielkaÂ’s best defensive play is on the ground or waist height; anything in the air is when he is uncomfortable.

At least we got through the break without injuries... didnÂ’t we??

Jon Withey
52 Posted 01/04/2015 at 09:15:56
Barkley, Jags and Carrick got highest ratings on BBC.

Barkley is still young, give him a break.

He definetly suffered a la Baines – nobody passed to him for long stretches of the game.

Max Wilson
53 Posted 01/04/2015 at 09:38:50
Our guys were amongst our best players – Jags the best defender and when Barkley came on England looked more dangerous. He got poor service.
Dave Abrahams
54 Posted 01/04/2015 at 09:50:43
Harold, fair enough, but to be honest he was only on for the second half, and he was conserving energy by strolling around for quite a lot of the that time. Maybe you are right and he isnÂ’t match fit.

At the end of the day, I and a lot of fans on here rate Ross and know he will come good. IÂ’ve said it many times he is a very slow learner but his time will come.

If I ever doubt him, I think back to the Man City game at the end of last season when he did everything right, so I know he will become the player we will all be proud of... itÂ’s just a matter of when.

Harold Matthews
55 Posted 01/04/2015 at 11:31:55
Derek, very interesting physio stuff. Like Tim Cahill, those Aussie Rules guys are full of determination, can move like quick ferrets and jump higher than the crossbar. Watched them while I was down under and couldnÂ’t believe their athletic ability. Maybe weÂ’ll have to wait till Tim joins the coaching staff.
Roger Helm
56 Posted 01/04/2015 at 13:14:06
The England coaching staff say Ross is very attentive and keen to learn, which makes it even more maddening that Martinez is ruining his development.

This season he has played central midfield, left wing, number ten, holding midfield. WhatÂ’s MartinezÂ’s next brilliant idea? Left back? Goalie? Centre-Forward?

We are so lucky to have a potential diamond, and we can see what he is capable of. He is not without his faults, mainly to do with psychology and decision-making, but all he needs is the correct coaching and development, and itÂ’s not happening. Not at GP, at any rate.

I also agree Jags was MotM – assured, hardly ever lost possession, so many blocks and tackles I lost count.

Steve Brown
57 Posted 01/04/2015 at 13:28:41
The thing that has been consistent about RossÂ’s performances this season is how poor they have been, regardless of which position he played. RM should have taken him out the firing line earlier to allow him to build his confidence back up.

He is a great talent for sure, but we will need to take it slowly with him and give him room to develop at his own pace. He is not going to be a player like Rooney or Gerrard who walks into the team and performs immediately, as he seems to lack that bit of cockiness and confidence.

Brian Porter
58 Posted 01/04/2015 at 13:45:33
Jags was definitely my Man of the Match. Barkley did okay but I agree that some of the players out there didnÂ’t seem to want to pass to him. Delph was so poor, I donÂ’t know how he made the team, and Clyne was rubbish at left back. CanÂ’t hold a candle to Baines. His passing was worse than a five-year-oldÂ’s.
Anthony Hughes
59 Posted 01/04/2015 at 14:38:45
Clyne was right back, Brian, but I agree: both him and Gibbs at left back were garbage.
David Hallwood
60 Posted 01/04/2015 at 14:38:51
How could Jagielka be MotM when he doesn’t play for Chelsea, Man Utd, Citteh or the RS? – Honest to God, you people on this site know eff all about football.
Brian Porter
61 Posted 01/04/2015 at 16:03:16
Anthony (#59), sorry, yes youÂ’re right and it was Gibbs I meant, not Clyne, though he wasnÂ’t much better. It was Gibbs who made a few runs into the final third and then seemed to pass the ball to an Italian every time.

I had my eyes tested last weekend and wondered if he might like the number of my optician. As they say, "ShouldÂ’ve gone to Specsavers". Sorry about my senior moment back there. IÂ’m well over sixty, I think itÂ’s allowed now and then... hehe.

Steve Cotton
62 Posted 01/04/2015 at 17:32:26
Well Bob Draper from the Daily Mail put Jags down as second worst player, when anyone watching the game would have made him our MotM. WTF?
Helen Mallon
63 Posted 01/04/2015 at 19:01:41
Ross Barkley, at this time, has to much muscle mass. This in turn makes him build acid quickly and tire. But I think this is down to him not having a decent pre-season, he needs to train like a 400-m runner and his stamina will improve and he will be able to get around the pitch.
Mark Stone
64 Posted 01/04/2015 at 20:12:40
HeÂ’d be better off training like a footballer than a 400-m runner. I donÂ’t think his lean body mass is excessive for a footballer.
Wayne Smyth
65 Posted 01/04/2015 at 20:17:15
Helen, are you mad?

What makes you think Barkley canÂ’t get around the football pitch? There are certainly a few Italian players who would disagree with you when he left them for dead yesterday while dribbling the ball from deep.

Barkley may stroll around the pitch at times when he doesnÂ’t have the ball, but that seems to either be his style which neither Hodgson or Martinez is changing, or maybe heÂ’s under specific instruction to save his energy for breaking forward and let others do the closing down.

Brian Harrison
66 Posted 01/04/2015 at 20:37:48
Jagielka has been playing well for weeks and last night he gave a great defensive display. But the hacks still want to see Hodgson after beg their idol John Terry to return. I take no notice of Journalists; when you listen to the likes of Hoddle, who understands the game, then he gives a far greater insight into who played well.

Makes you wonder if Barkley spent more time with the England coaches than RM we might have the real Barkley back.

Harold Matthews
67 Posted 01/04/2015 at 22:12:22
Wayne, Helen might well be right though Martinez with his physio diploma should be on top of this. The lad is very explosive and his sudden bursts of energy take an awful lot out of him. Maybe Rooney is right. Maybe Ross is a 45 minute impact player. For England anyway.

At Everton, heÂ’s expected to perform at a high level for 93 minutes and he certainly kept going at Kiev. In other games he hasnÂ’t fared so well and if there is a stamina or fitness problem it needs to be sorted. I love watching him on the ball and hope he has many happy years in a blue shirt. A royal blue shirt.

Tony Abrahams
68 Posted 01/04/2015 at 23:09:52
Good post that Helen, I think this is possibly the hardest run you can do at speed repetitively. All footballers should do it.
John Gee
69 Posted 02/04/2015 at 01:26:53
Footballers are actually getting worse. Sterling or Steven? McCrthy or Reid? Sturridge or Shearer? Townsend or Waddle? Walcott or Le Tissier? Henderson or Scholes? Barry or Carsley?

These players are being elevated beyond their station because theyÂ’re playing against very ordinary players who happen to have genius agents.

Gareth Bale for €100? I have 2 words to say about that... 1) Sheedy. And

Patrick Murphy
70 Posted 02/04/2015 at 02:34:19
John (#69), I have to agree with you that todayÂ’s footballers seem unable to do the basics on a regular basis. How many passes went astray in last nightÂ’s game, a game with very little pressure and you would think a time for players to try and produce the unexpected or fancy trick, but as I said if they canÂ’t do the basics they canÂ’t produce the artistry that we all love to see.

I do wonder what the coaches do in training and if they have all forgotten that a good player or team lets the ball do all the running and a good player or team should always have control of the ball and where it goes on the pitch.

Mark Andersson
71 Posted 02/04/2015 at 06:46:28
Roberto has not got any kind of diploma, he is a salesman.

Why is it that most on here have been having a go at the squadÂ’s lack of fitness levels all season? Do you seriously think anything will change next season.

Living in hope is for fools. The debate about Ross will go on with every game he plays or doesnÂ’t. The only common thread I will agree on is supporting any player who wears the blue shirt.

Ronaldo conserves his energy for bursting runs, well thatÂ’s what he did at Man Utd.

With nothing much but pride to play for until the end of the season, itÂ’s going to be a long debatable Summer here on ToffeeWeb. IÂ’m certainly looking forward to the many polarized views it will create.

Tony Abrahams
72 Posted 02/04/2015 at 07:47:39
John, Barry or Carsley?

Agree Barry, has been shocking this season, but he is a much better player than Carsley ever was for me.

Tony Hill
73 Posted 02/04/2015 at 10:23:21
An interesting and generally supportive assessment of Barkley from Paul Scholes in todayÂ’s Independent.

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