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Strong showings during England's World Cup warm-ups left many urging Hodgson to start Barkley in Brazil.
Following the 2-2 draw with Ecuador, the England manager was then chastised in the media when, strangely, he chose to highlight Barkley's habit of losing the ball.
Tweets were instantly sprayed all over Twitter showing Barkley's 91 percent pass accuracy from the match. However, this isn't the area where Hodgson was concerned, and—while airing it in public may not have been wise—the England manager had a valid point.
Barkley is an excellent passer, so much so that he may eventually be more comfortable in a box-to-box role in midfield.
This isn't where Barkley loses the ball and citing passing stats are completely irrelevant in this instance. Instead, it's his dispossession and turnover numbers that emphasise Hogdson's stance.
Against Ecuador, Barkley either turned over the ball or was dispossessed nine times—more than double the amount of any England player. He was also dispossessed more than any Everton player in the Premier League last season.
While Barkley rarely surrenders possession via a pass, he does have a habit of dwelling on the ball a fraction too long, allowing defenders to nip in and make a tackle.
Going forward, it's something he will undoubtedly improve upon as he matures. Given England's struggles to maintain possession at major tournaments, it's important that he does.