Ross Barkley admits he was “devastated” not to be given a chance with England at Euro 2016 – and believes Roy Hodgson should have shown more faith in him.
The Everton midfielder was named in Hodgson’s 23-man squad for the tournament in France but did not see any action as England suffered an embarrassing exit at the hands of Iceland.
Barkley was one of only two outfield players not used by Hodgson, who stepped down immediately after the last-16 defeat.
“I’d played a lot in the qualifiers, scored as many as the midfielders there at the time and was devastated I didn’t get any game time,” Barkley said in an interview with The Times.
“Roy could have shown more faith in me.
“I was working my hardest – doing double sessions – but wasn’t playing. I felt I wasn’t important to the squad and that’s not a nice feeling.
“I’d never like to be in that position again. I’m going to use what happened in the summer to kick me on this season to get to the next level which I believe I’ll get to.”
New England boss Sam Allardyce names his first squad on Sunday – for a World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on September 4 – which Barkley is likely to feature in after a strong start to the season with Everton.
And the 22-year-old is excited to work with the former Sunderland boss.
Barkley added: “Sam’s positive. He’s a winner. I played against his Sunderland team (on May 11). They weren’t in the greatest form, were battling relegation, but they were solid and won 3-0.
“You can see he has a winner’s mentality and that will be great for England.”