England manager Gareth Southgate explained why Everton’s Ross Barkley was left out during past games for The Three Lions.
Barkley did not play in last 7 matches he was involved in. A stat that would make anyone a bit disappointed.
“I had a good chat with Ross because he’ll be a bit frustrated not to get on against Lithuania,” Southgate said after the 2-0 World Cup qualifying win against Lithuania on Sunday.
“He’s a player I’d wanted to get into the game, so firstly he’s earned his call back into the squad because he’s been playing well with Everton.
“I think he is a player that can make things happen around the edge of the penalty area.
“But the changes (against Lithuania), I felt we needed to stretch the opposition more and to create space for the likes of Dele (Alli) and Adam (Lallana) to play.