Jamie Redknapp: Ross Barkley should be in England squad due to lack of quality

Image: Jake Livermore (left) and Eric Dier (right) started in midfield for England

Jamie Redknapp says England lack quality in midfield and insists Everton's Ross Barkley should be in the squad.

The Sky Sports pundit was speaking after watching the 2-2 draw with Scotland in Saturday's World Cup Qualifier, a result which was only secured by an injury-time equaliser from Harry Kane.

West Brom's Jake Livermore made his first competitive start in midfield alongside Eric Dier with Dele Alli in an advanced role, and Redknapp did not feel the system worked against inferior opposition, adding Everton's Barkley will be frustrated to have missed out on a call-up from Gareth Southgate.

"There's not a lot of quality," the former England midfielder said.

"I thought Jake Livermore did OK. Southgate was trying to emulate what Tottenham do when they go with Victor Wanyama and Dier, but there were times when they didn't need the two of them there and that was the frustration.

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"We haven't got that pool of players, there's not many in midfield. Maybe I look at Ross Barkley, who must be at home thinking 'surely I can get in that squad or maybe in that team?'

"Obviously he plays where Dele Alli plays and Alli is a better player, but he should be in that squad with his quality.

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"He needs to find a way of getting himself right next year because we haven't got that many midfield players that can come in and make that difference, real quality footballers."

England were on the brink of their first defeat in 35 qualifiers after Leigh Griffiths scored two free-kicks in the final three minutes.

And Redknapp said England's stars still aren't producing their club form when they appear for the national team.

"England didn't do enough," he added. "We didn't play well enough, we didn't manage the game and I can't remember too many times when we had any consistent time on the ball.

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"We never looked comfortable and that's credit to Scotland, but as I said before the game when players play for their country I see different players than play for their clubs.

"We have great qualifying campaigns, but when we get to major tournaments when it really matters, we've won five out of 15 games. That's not good enough.

"That's what Gareth has to somehow do, he has to unlock how players play for their clubs and find a way of making them play like that for their country.

"They just don't. They look like a shadow of themselves."

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