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Southgate on why Ross Barkley was left out of the game against Lithuania

Ross Barkley

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.