Everton manager Roberto Martinez has admitted he does not yet know if midfielder Ross Barkley will play for the England U21s in this summer’s European Championships, stressing that their development with the Toffees is his focus, reports Sky
There has been a growing debate about the England U21s, and if players eligible should play for Gareth Southgate’s side in this summer’s European Championships. The Three Lions stand a good chance of winning, with a strong squad of players in good form for club and country. But there are other stars currently out of the team that could be on course to feature, and Ross Barkley is one of them.
He’s a first-team player for Everton, but on the periphery in the England senior squad, although manager Roy Hodgson is very fond of the young midfielder, which puts him in a difficult position of where his short-term international future lies. Martinez isn’t too keen to allow him to play for the U21s, as it could harm his performances for Everton next season, as he’ll be afforded little holiday this summer, but he admitted he doesn’t know what Barkley has decided to do.
“We are not aware about what the final decision is on Ross Barkley. We are working closely with the FA, the England team, and the England set-up. At the moment, Ross is developing extremely well. I think, in the last few games, he has been enjoying his football, which is important. All we want is our young players to develop and to enjoy their football. That is the only thing that matters,” he said.
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