Koeman unhappy with Barkley over recent comments

Date published: Monday 12th September 2016 9:08

Ronald Koeman has criticised Ross Barkley over recent comments following his England snub.

Barkley was not chosen in Sam Allardyce’s recent England squad and, although he was part of Roy Hodgson’s 23 for Euro 2016, he did not play a single minute of the tournament.

The midfielder spoke of his frustration at Hodgson’s decision not to use him in France recently. He said: “Roy could have shown more faith in me.

“I was working my hardest, doing double sessions but wasn’t playing. I felt I wasn’t important to the squad and that’s not a nice feeling. I’d never like to be in that position again. I’m going to use what happened in the summer to kick me on this season to get to the next level, which I believe I’ll get to.”

But Koeman has criticised the 22-year-old, stating that he has no-one but himself to blame for his fall from international grace.

“I don’t like that (when a player blames others),” said the manager.

“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.

“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.

“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.”

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