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Barkley has been a key player for Everton.

Fans react to Ross Barkley's omission from England squad as Michail Antonio called up

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Sam Allardyce named his first England squad on Sunday evening, as the Three Lions prepare to take on Slovakia in their first World Cup qualifier. His selection was bound to get plenty of scrutiny, with it being his first, and, as expected, fans were quick to make their feelings known.

The omission of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was widely welcomed, while the selection of his teammate, Theo Walcott, raised some questions as to why the forward was selected. However, it was Allardyce's decision to leave out 22-year-old Ross Barkley that kicked up the most fuss.

After making Roy Hodgson's European Championships squad for Euro 2016, this summer, the former Sunderland boss decided to bring Danny Drinkwater back into the fold, alongside new recruit, Michail Antonio, ahead of Barkley.

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The Evertonian, widely regarded as one of the country's top young midfielders, will instead enjoy a break from club football, as Antonio steps in to make his mark on the international scene.

But despite England fans being happy with the Hammers winger's selection, they could not help but share their displeasure at Barkley being overlooked.

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While it may be one man's loss, it is another man's gain, as Antonio looks set to be the latest story of a player rising from non-league football, to play under the arch at Wembley, just like a certain Jamie Vardy.

Since his deadline day move to West Ham a year ago, Antonio has impressed the Hammers faithful, and England fans, too, believe the 26-year-old deserves his place in the team.

The decision to not recall Jermain Defoe, considering the striker has carried his goalscoring form over into the new season for Sunderland, was also questioned by some fans. However, it was Barkley's absence from the squad that caused the biggest stir, in what was an, otherwise, relatively unchanged squad from the one that headed to this summer's Euros, in France.

Can Ross Barkley prove to Sam Allardyce he is worth an England recall in the future? Have your say in the comment box below.

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Topics:
Michail Antonio
Jack Wilshere
Everton
Daniel Drinkwater
West Ham United
Theo Walcott
England Football
Football
Premier League
Sam Allardyce

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