Stan Collymore isn’t the sort to hold back when something is grinding his gears and with England being eliminated from Euro 2016 by Iceland, he has gone all guns blazing on Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.
Despite making Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the tournament and following a largely impressive season for the Toffees, Barkley failed to make a single appearance in France this summer.
And former Aston Villa striker Collymore reckons he knows why Hodgson refused to take a punt on the 22-year-old.
According to the talkSPORT pundit, several coaches who have worked with Barkley over the years have slammed the player for not having “a football brain”.
Collymore wrote on his Boylesports blog that Barkley’s inability to adapt to differing situations on the pitch meant he was left out of the first team in place of the out of form Raheem Sterling and Jack Wilshere.
He said: “Lots of people will say ‘what about Barkley and Rashford’, why weren’t they used more?… As for Barkley, I’ve heard from coaches who’ve worked with him for a number of years at all levels that he’s got talent but no football brain that can adapt to differing situations on the pitch.”
Collymore, who won three England caps during his career, added: “In other words it’s all off-the-cuff and when that doesn’t work then he becomes a liability. Damning, but perhaps true that while Sterling and Wilshere were getting games despite poor fitness and form…”
Quite a scathing review on a player who didn’t even take to the field during the competition.
We’d hate to hear what Stan thinks of those who did pull the shirt on during the campaign…