Surprising Stat Suggests Everton Star Ross Barkley More Than Deserves His England Recall

Jamie Spencer
90Min

Everton midfielder ​Ross Barkley was back among the 26 names on the list as Gareth Southgate picked the first squad of his reign as permanent England manager, the first time the home-grown Toffees player has been involved with the national team since Euro 2016.

Barkley has been left out of each of the last three England squads by Southgate, in his role as caretaker, and predecessor Sam Allardyce. He was also briefly dropped by Ronald Koeman at club level earlier this season, but has really kicked on since the start of December.

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The 23-year-old has registered six of his seven Premier League assists this season in that period and is currently, statistically, the best England has to offer when it comes to chance creation.

Opta stats can reveal that no English player has created more 'goalscoring chances' than Barkley's 64 this season. Bearing in mind that the likes of Adam Lallana and Dele Alli are heralded for their creativity, it's quite some achievement for the Everton man that has gone quietly unnoticed.

Last season was the best of Barkley's young career to date - he scored 12 goals in all competitions and played all 38 of Everton's Premier League games - but he was left needing to prove himself all over again to a new manager after what had been a difficult summer.

He's done that now and his England recall is absolutely deserved. The Three Lions will face Germany in a friendly in Dortmund next Wednesday before hosting Lithuania at Wembley in a World Cup qualifier a few days later.

Barkley will be hoping to add to his 22 senior England caps and two goals.

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