My tribe
As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Koeman: Everton star Barkley has to prove himself to England boss Allardyce

Everton boss Ronald Koeman has said that midfielder Ross Barkley will have to earn his place in the England national team under new manager Sam Allardyce.

The 22-year-old, who failed to play a single minute at Euro2016, was recently dropped from the national squad by Allardyce for their opening World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.

"He's still a young player," said Koeman. "He was disappointed not to be selected.

"It's good to have that support, but not just support, to also ask him why he thinks he wasn't selected.

"I don't like that [when a player blames others]. First, you have to look at yourself. Every manager will select the best players and the best team. And if you show, then you will be selected.

"You can't point your finger at somebody else. You have to ask yourself what you can do better, what you need to improve to be selected. That's how I think about football.

"Maybe Ross didn't play his best match against Stoke when Sam Allardyce was in the stadium. But also what Sam mentioned is that Ross is on his list."

Vyom Chaudhary
About the author

Vyom Chaudhary

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?