Sam Allardyce has assured Ross Barkley he remains a part of his England plans despite being left out of his first squad.
Barkley was an unused member of the England squad at Euro 2016 under Roy Hodgson and was a surprise omission from Allardyce’s first squad as Three Lions boss, ahead of a World Cup qualifier in Slovakia on September 4.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed an impressive start to the season at Everton and Allardyce insists that “the door is always open” for an England return for Barkley.
“It’s been a well thought-out squad, we have been in deep discussions and had to make some very difficult decisions, none more so than Ross Barkley,” Allardyce told reporters.
For him, it’s disappointing, the door is always open for Ross but, at this moment, I felt the squad I picked is right.
“It was much more difficult picking this squad than it was one in the Premier League. Hopefully, the players will make it a lot easier or a lot more difficult, like the Ross Barkley decision. I hope every decision I make is questioned on the form of the player at the time.”