Ross Barkley completed 90 minutes for England on Saturday evening – and some Chelsea fans were critical of his international performance.
Gareth Southgate’s side dispatched Bulgaria 4-0 at Wembley in a European Championship qualifier.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane scored his second hat-trick for England, with two of his goals against Bulgaria coming in clinical fashion from the penalty spot.
Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling was also on the scoresheet and it was a comfortable game against lesser opponents.
A selection of Blues supporters on social media singled out Barkley for criticism, which seemed a little harsh considering his performance.
The 25-year-old central midfielder hardly set the world alight against Bulgaria, but at times showed some positive moments in possession and quick-thinking in the final third.
He’s someone that has forced his way into the plans of Southgate and is a regular in the England squad.
But continues to have a selection of doubters and he needs to become a more regular goalscorer to win them over.
Barkley has been in and out of the Chelsea XI so far this season, with serious competition from teammate Mason Mount.
He’s yet to score or assist for the Blues this season, but 90 minutes for England during the international break should lift his confidence and hopefully he returns to Stamford Bridge in good spirits.
Here are some Chelsea fans on Barkley:
If Barkley wasn’t English he would play in the Turkish second division hth
— kσvαtríckѕ (@_CFCZak) September 7, 2019
Just bin Barkley and Rashford at halftime, horrific players. Mount and Sancho needed
— ً (@CFCFutbol_) September 7, 2019
Barkley is actually trash man. He’s 100% not gonna be here after next summer
— PressResistant (@CFCJojo) September 7, 2019
Barkley is so poor even against a team as bad as Bulgaria man
— ДАИИУ ⚪️ (@dannydoes) September 7, 2019
About an hour into this England game and still can’t quite work out how Barkley has been started and maybe even selected in the squad.
— Dinho (@Haroldiinho_) September 7, 2019
Barkley been taking corner kicking advice from Willian I see.
— Josh (@JoshuaCFC) September 7, 2019
Why is Barkley taking corners on the right when trippier is playing
— Callum (@CallumCFC_) September 7, 2019