Barkley overlooked by Hodgson as England win

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Ross Barkley was again named as a substitute by Roy Hodgson but saw no action as England toiled to beat 10-man Portugal 1-0 in a Euro2016 warm-up game this evening.

He was joined by his Everton team-mate John Stones who was also an unused sub, with Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill the chosen central-defensive partnership for this evening's game at Wembley.

Barkley has had limited playing time in which to try and press his claims for a starting role at this month's tournament and was no doubt hoping he would again have a chance to impress off the bench.

He had to watch from the sidelines, however, as Hodgson's side laboured to break Portugal down after Bruno Alves had been sent off for a high boot to Harry Kane's head in the first half.

Smalling scored the winner five minutes from time off sub Raheem Stirling's cross.


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Oscar Huglin
1 Posted 02/06/2016 at 19:26:48
Oh well.
Colin Glassar
2 Posted 02/06/2016 at 19:44:20
Couldn't expect any more really from the media conscious woy. If Stonesy and Ross play I hope England win. If they don't, they can get stuffed!!
Richard Reeves
4 Posted 02/06/2016 at 21:05:14
No one can accuse Milner of not putting in the effort but England need more than a workhorse in that position if they want to do something at the Euros.
Colin Glassar
5 Posted 02/06/2016 at 21:34:31
Any more rs players Roy can choose?
Oliver Molloy
6 Posted 02/06/2016 at 21:35:09
I tell you what lads , for all us lot over here in the UK and Ireland , no matter who your allgeince lies with at the Euro's the teams are all pretty boring !
Tony Hill
7 Posted 02/06/2016 at 21:40:36
It's clear Ross is never going to get a game and on that evidence we can only be grateful. Alli Messi was shite again, I note.
Tom Bowers
8 Posted 02/06/2016 at 21:42:16
What a load of tripe England !
Thank god Stones and Barks were not a part of this shambles.
Hodgson like a deer in the headlights.
They play absolute rubbish against 10 men and get out of jail with 4 minutes left.
They have to be thankful they don't have to play Germany, Spain or Italy early on in the Euros.
It will be hard enough against Wales and Russia.
Keith Meakin
9 Posted 02/06/2016 at 21:44:49
Felt sorry for Ross tonight he looked totally peeved sat on the bench, especially watching Delli Alli stink the place out with a terrible performance and then Roy brings on every midfield player except Ross. Its fair to say Ross wont get a single minute at the Euros.
Rob Halligan
10 Posted 02/06/2016 at 21:46:36
Woy was determined to get as many RS players on the pitch as he could. Another tepid performance from England. Won't go very far in the Euros.
Brian Williams
11 Posted 02/06/2016 at 21:49:37
That has to be the worst 90 minutes football, and I use the term football loosely, in a long time.
Absolute dross. No creativity, one dimensional shite!
Colin Glassar
12 Posted 02/06/2016 at 21:49:59
At least the "experts" can't blame our lads tonight.
David Benson
13 Posted 02/06/2016 at 21:57:53
It's who you play for, not how well you play. Woy picks the three worst rs midfield players of a four man midfield that finished 8th in the league. You might get one or at most two excellent players in a mid table team who are dragged down to 8th but three international class players in a midfield would never finish 8th.

How Henderson is even in the squad is beyond me. He's useless at every aspect if the game, can't shoot, can't pass, can't create. Still it gives me something to do at the Euros, counting how many times he gives the ball away. I counted 7 times v Australia. Ross you've got no chance with that idiot in charge.
Guy Hastings
14 Posted 02/06/2016 at 22:00:54
A terrible, terrible game of football. If I was Baines or Jagielka I'd be laughing my socks off that I'm not going to be associated with that. And the more time Ross and Stones spend on the bench the better, for EFC and for them wherever they end up.
Charlie Lloyd
15 Posted 02/06/2016 at 22:18:09
Last friendly before a tournament did we expect anything but a muted performance. It's the way it always is. Nobody really risking injury due to over doing it.

There does seem to be lots of negative opinion towards Alli. He wasn't too good tonight but he's had an excellent season and compared to Barkley he should get the nod.

Barkley was lucky to make the cut but will be lucky to actually get on. Personally I'd have taken a wide player (Townsend). Least he shouldn't get injured or burn out.

Ian Burns
16 Posted 02/06/2016 at 22:23:07
That game tonight in front of a sell out crowd was nothing short of disgraceful from an England point of view. They couldn't get the ball for long periods against ten men, so much so it became embarrassing. Oddly enough, as time went on it was a game screaming for Ross at his best - but of course he hasn't done that for so long, it was no surprise he didn't get any playing time.
Anthony Dwyer
17 Posted 02/06/2016 at 23:07:44
IMO Ross has to be second choice to Ali ATM.

The first half of the season was a good one for Ross, but unfortunately Ali took over during the second half, making him a must for this England set up.

Ross has to be braver, he simply needs to become a leader on the pitch and take Milner, Hendersons or Lallana's spots. This may sound a bit like an anti Liverpool jibe, but fact is they are all bang average. Ross has a lot more in his make up than all three of the above put together, but the above three try to lead, and are willing to take responsibility.

Ross has to demand the ball, demand the right to take some set pieces, tell his team mates he's open and take responsibility on the field.

In the midfield I feel Sterling, Ali, Ross and Wilshire have a lot of ability, and with Dier holding, we could prove to have some top class young midfielders, who are ready to shine.

Ross though could and should be the key, but he only really has himself to blame for not cementing his spot in the starting 11.

Oliver Molloy
18 Posted 02/06/2016 at 23:10:58
I have to laugh at some people suggesting England under performed because Barkley and Stones were sat on the bench - get a grip lads , would they have made a difference , the answer is NO of course.
Engleland have always had decent players but have always been shite and so it continues, no surprise.

Guy @ 14

"If I was Baines or Jagielka I'd be laughing my socks off that I'm not going to be associated with that."

Both have had average seasons, Baines especially and both deserve not to be in the squad.

Tony Hill
19 Posted 02/06/2016 at 23:16:00
I broadly agree, Anthony. My complaint is not about Alli himself (though I think he has been predictably overrated), rather it is that when Ross performed well for England, he was chopped down by Hodgson; Alli, however, was praised to the skies and now that he is performing pretty poorly, it is ignored or blamed, by the media, on his being played out of position.

I would love Ross to get a chance in the tournament and take it by the scruff of the neck. But that's a dream at the moment.

Eugene Ruane
20 Posted 02/06/2016 at 00:02:42
When I look at British players like Milner (huffing and puffing, losing concentration, giving away possession) I just smile and wonder if any England manager will ever have the wit/imagination/talent (and talent available) to put together a side who can consistently beat and baffle the world's best sides.

By the way, that is not a plea or a wish - I couldn't give a flying fuck about any international side and if I'm honest, anything that puts a crimp in the day of the patriotic flag-waver (particularly those in the home counties) is fine with me.

As for Barkley and Stones, if we get them back without injury - result.

Tony Draper
21 Posted 03/06/2016 at 00:20:09
Milners capacity to pick out a Portuguese shirt was bloody outstanding. Never found a white shirt, but best of all, every single time with a square or backward pass.

Thank heavens that Jordan Henderson was on the bench........

Gary Hughes
22 Posted 03/06/2016 at 01:00:25
Bear in mind England's exit from the last World Cup was all down to Baines & Jagielka while the real culprits, Gerrard & Cahill, got a walkover. Barkley & Stones should be grateful that they're just making up the numbers.
Anto Byrne
23 Posted 03/06/2016 at 02:24:42
Barkley is on a fitness and conditioning regime and being rested in preparation to make an impact. Apparently he was pretty unfit for this level and they are working on his aerobic fitness.

Interesting if true?

Paul Kelly
24 Posted 03/06/2016 at 03:53:08
I'll watch the Euros as a neutral, been that way since Roy took over, and it'll last as long as the dinosaurs at the FA remain.

Hope our lads play well though.

Brian Porter
25 Posted 03/06/2016 at 06:57:54
Hodgson really is a very poor England manager. On last night's showing even Wales will feel confident of getting a result against us. The lack of creativity was evident from the start, Kane was poor, Alli nearly lost his temper again, he's a loose cannon and could cost us dear if he keeps,reacting to opposition players who are on to and probably being told to wind him up and get a reaction. His immaturity at this level is beginning to show and Barkely should have replaced him in the second half. Hodgson actually reminded me of Martinez with his useless substitutions. His front three were lethargic and ineffective so why not give Rashfird the last twenty mins and pull Kane ir Vardy? Too simple for Woy I'm afraid. Hodgson is also very like Martinez in that under his leadership good players can suddenly look very mediocre, Vardy for one, who had none of his usual sparkle and vitality. Dier was, well, dire. Smalling and Cahill? Not exactly top class as an international pairing are they?
All in all I just can't see England worrying the big boys in the tournament. Hodgson likes to pick his squads on reputation and location rather than going for the best players on current form. Oh for an Alf Ramsey type who risked the nation's wrath by leaving out our golden boy, Jimmy Greaves and playing the lesser known Geoff Hurst in 66, and just look what happened. Happy days.
Colin Glassar
26 Posted 03/06/2016 at 07:20:46
Brian, Roy doesn't pick his teams the media do. Plus his obsession with playing every rs player, both past and present, isn't doing him any favours.
Charles Barrow
27 Posted 03/06/2016 at 09:11:07
Hodgson is a bad tempered old grump who has his favourites and refuses or is unable to see that the players he selects can't play in the 'system' he wants. I agree that is is laughable that Milner is still with the squad never mind the team! Alli and others are the new media darlings and so have to play and Rooney has to play ...because he's Rooney.

What happened to the idea that you play your best players in their best position? It seems the 'shape' of the team is more important than whether the players selected are actually any good. I only really care about Everton but would like Stones and Barkley to play to keep my interest in the England team. But as we all know they won't get any game time. I think Stones is a Hodgson favourite but he's not been given permission from the Media to play him yet!

Alan J Thompson
28 Posted 03/06/2016 at 09:29:47
Eugene(#20); The answer is no,the proof lies in two words; Harvey and Kendall.
Brian Williams
29 Posted 03/06/2016 at 09:40:09
On the subject of the game last night, although on a tangent.
Did anyone see Kane's reaction to that red card challenge?
Now first off it was horrendous and thoroughly deserved a red BUT....Kane's immediate reaction made me think "Shit he's badly hurt there"...........but then he sees that the ball has stayed in play and jumps up to chase it down and try to carry on the attack.
My point is, why go down like you HAVE been hurt when you so obviously haven't.
The aftermath shows there was nowt wrong with him really.
I don't care about this culture of "you have to make it obvious" or "he felt contact."
For me, if you're not hurt, don't pretend to be because in my book that makes you a shithouse!
Ahhh...feel much better for that.
Amit Vithlani
30 Posted 03/06/2016 at 09:55:46
I hope England do well, always have, simply because the team's propensity for cheating is less than the majority of other nations.

Did anyone see Adrien Silva rolling around as if bitten by a venomous snake, only then to be resurrected miraculously when no free kick was forthcoming.

Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal and even France have been guilty of diabolical play acting, which is another form of cheating. Pepe's performance in the Champions League Final was a reminder of this.

I saw the Kane incident differently. He got a boot in the head and that is bound to hurt so his hand goes to his head. He sees he can continue so gets up and chases the ball. He was no where near goal and had a lesser advantage in continuing than had he decided Pepe like to impersonate a spinning top.

I am not saying England players have not dived but the extreme and nauseaus behaviour of certain players in other teams when fouled - Fabregas, Hazard, Giroud, Muller, Pepe, Zaza - leaves me siding with England. They remind me in this regard of Everton.

Guy Hastings
31 Posted 03/06/2016 at 10:06:17
Oliver 18 - whereas Henderson, Cahill and Wilshire have had outstanding seasons.
Bobby Thomas
32 Posted 03/06/2016 at 10:27:46
Highly doubtful Ross will get much, if any, playing time. Especially as Roy is in the middle of completely fucking this up and they won't get out of the group unless he can piece together a balanced, cohesive team in 9 days. They had been looking ropey at the back but fairly lively going forward, however that was a car crash of a side in the last warm up game.

The squad is unbalanced and one wide player and 5 strikers, well 4 strikers and Rooney because I don't think even he knows what he is anymore, is absurd.

If he was set on taking the 5 strikers, which he is only doing in case Sturridge breaks down, then it would probably have been better to not take Ross and have Townsend there as another wide option to have some flexibility.

He's going to play Rooney come what may, and its going to bite him on the arse.

Dan Aspinall
33 Posted 03/06/2016 at 10:41:54
Exactly right about taking Barkley in place of Townsend. Barkley is behind Delle Alli and Rooney for that position, why bother taking him?

England looked really good a few weeks ago, but I think he'll bin that set-up to accommodate Rooney and play an ineffective system with players out of position and unsure what their roles are.

Paul Andrews
34 Posted 03/06/2016 at 11:22:19
On current form it is not a surprise that Barkley and Stones are on the bench. Ross just needs his confidence back.

John has a lot to learn defensively, it's a tournament and he makes mistakes in every game he plays.

I don't rate Cahill at all, the fact that he is picked before John tells you all you need to know about his defensive capability. He may go on to be a good defender, he may not; at this moment in time, I would take the money offered.

Oliver Molloy
35 Posted 03/06/2016 at 11:48:13
Guy @ 31, you said.....

"A terrible, terrible game of football. If I was Baines or Jagielka I'd be laughing my socks off that I'm not going to be associated with that. And the more time Ross and Stones spend on the bench the better, for EFC and for them wherever they end up." (#14)

So I take from that you are happy for none of the Everton players to play at all including the two (Baines and Jags) who I assume you reckon SHOULD be there but are not.

I said they do not deserve to be there – are you now trying to make a point that they should be , given your last response. (#31)

What are you saying ,it would NOT have been a terrible game of football if Baines and Jags had been in the team!

I wouldn't have taken Barkley neither by the way, I would have been much happier if he had not travelled because....
1 he needs to sort himself out at club level first.
2 his form doesn't justify his inclusion anyway.
3 I don't give a fuck about international football.

Stones is there because of his class and the lack of CB's.

The whole England team is full of very ordinary prima donnas, that prance about like they know how to take teams apart when in reality it usually is the opposite.
Blame whoever, but this is the reality.

How many players in the England team would get into a world 11 – none in my opinion.

Tony J Williams
36 Posted 03/06/2016 at 12:26:38
I am going to have to stop you there Amit...

Gerrard, swan dive as normal (Granted not playing now_
Wilshere - possibly one of the biggest ponces and divers in the league
Vardy - dives for Britain
Milner - Not adverse to going to ground when someone breathes on him
Rooney - Learned the Man U way well and truly, why go on and have a shot when you can get a free kick near the box?
Sterling - That's all he ever does is dive when he has normally lost the ball because he can't just go forward, he has to try and Beagrie the opposition
Even Barkley is a diver too.

Granted they are not all as theatrical as the other countries, but don't kid yourself into thinking we are any different to the other teams.

Christopher Wallace
37 Posted 03/06/2016 at 12:32:49
I've little to no interest in Emgland, but subjected myself to that garbage last night as there was fa else on - never again!

Barkley, on his worst day, would have made an improvement to that team, in any position other than defence and goalkeeper.

Terry Underwood
40 Posted 03/06/2016 at 15:55:34
Commentators piss me off when they say things like "There was contact, he was entitled to go down" or "He felt a touch so was right to go down". In my book, Light contact, or a full blooded clout, if you are not actually knocked over but go down, it is a dive. If you can keep your feet but fall over, it is a dive FFS cut it out
Neil Pickering
41 Posted 04/06/2016 at 11:02:13
Barkley should count himself lucky he's going to the Euros. He's gone backwards as far as his development is concerned, and he stank the gaff out all last season. Alli is streets ahead of him.
Peter Roberts
42 Posted 05/06/2016 at 09:34:16
Roy hodgson.... well he likes to worry about the other team having the ball doesn't he. Never mind players who are a danger for us... he focuses on opponents. Hence using Vardy and Kane as players to stop their full backs.

He's an awful managerial appointment. It's been garbage since venables really.

Frank Thomas
43 Posted 11/06/2016 at 13:26:38
Would Moyes be a good appointment as a manager for England? He would create a team that would concede very few goals and with the wealth of English attacking players his team would score goals.

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