Premier League legend Ian Wright, told ITV Sport that Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is the likely person to be removed from the 25-man provisional list by Roy Hodgson.
The former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright gave his opinion in the aftermath of England 2-1 victory over Australia at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.
The retired player who is now a revered TV pundit believes that The Toffees midfielder has slipped under the radar and is likely to be left off the final list. Hodgson is set to name his final 23-man before Euro 2016 begins in France in a few days. Wright said:
“Somebody who has slipped under the radar is Ross Barkley.
“If they [England] are thinking of freeing up another space, then you have to look at Ross and think about how things are going for him.”
Barkley has 21 caps for the senior England squad and has scored two goals. The 22-year-old endured a mixed campaign at Goodison Park last season. He had an impressive form at the beginning but fell below par towards the end of the season. The midfielder managed to score 14 goals in all competitions last term for his club.
Hodgson has a deadline of this month to reduce his list. The young player who hasn’t be favoured to start in any of England’s last two friendlies against Turkey and Australia, could miss out on the Championships in France.
The chances of joining the squad to France improved when reports came out that Fabian Delph was set to miss out of the continental tournament due to calf injury. However, if the manager opts to pick both Daniel Sturridge and Marcus Rashford in his final list, then Barkley would likely be the trade-off.