Chelsea ace Ross Barkley sees World Cup hopes crushed by Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate effectively ended Ross Barkley’s hopes of playing for England at the in Russia after the Chelsea ace was once again unavailable for selection for the latest round of international friendlies.

The Three Lions boss admitted that Barkley would struggle to get enough matches between now and the tournament and suggested that he won’t be looking at the 24-year-old until after the World Cup.

Barkley was part of ’s 23-man squad for the disastrous Euro 2016 campaign but he didn’t play a single minute in France and he was not selected by Sam Allardyce for his sole game in charge.

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A hamstring injury has kept the former Everton star out of contention for the majority of the 2017/18 season and after picking up another problem last month, Southgate confirmed he would not be part of England’s travelling World Cup party.

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‘I think he’s just not been fit,’ Southgate said.

‘He went to Chelsea on the back of a long-term hamstring injury, quite a serious one, and has had only had a couple of matches really.

‘He’s not available for selection now anyway, so he’s unfortunate in the way that has played out in this year in particular.

‘But if he can get back playing and playing regularly I’m sure, post-summer, we will look again.

‘It’s going to be difficult for him I think to get the number of games he needs now for the World Cup. But we know he’s a talented player.’

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