London - Gareth Barry hopes Everton will benefit from
midfield colleague Ross Barkley's determination to force his way back into the
The 23-year-old Barkley's omission for the World Cup
qualifier against Slovakia in Trnava was the main talking point when new
England manager Sam Allardyce named his first squad in charge of the national
England scraped a 1-0 away to 10-man Slovakia on Sunday when
midfielder Adam Lallana, who plays for Everton's city rivals Liverpool, scored
with the last kick of the match in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
Toffees veteran Barry, who won 53 England caps from 2000 to
2012, said it was down to club colleague Barkley to prove Allardyce wrong.
"Ross can feel a little bit hard done by," said
the midfielder, speaking at Everton in the Community's annual charity golf day
"It's a tough job being England manager and Sam said it
was a really tough decision for him but in terms of Ross now he needs to use
that to help him improve and not get down about it but prove the manager wrong
and get himself in the next squad.
"In a selfish way for Everton that means him performing
well for Everton, so that can only be good for us."
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Barry, 35, added: "I trained with him and he didn't
seem too worried about it. He's got that grit between his teeth that he's going
to prove the England manager wrong so hopefully he can put in good performances
with Everton to do that."
Meanwhile Barry said Everton had to make a serious bid for
European qualification this season after two successive 11th-place finishes in
the Premier League.
Everton, under new manager Ronald Koeman, have won seven
points out of a possible nine in their first three games of the season -- their
best league start for a decade.
Barry believes the changes made by Dutch boss Koeman,
previously in charge of fellow Premier League side Southampton, will help the
Merseysiders tighten up after they were criticised for having a weak defence
under former manager Roberto Martinez.For
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