Terry Butcher comments on 'disappointing' Barkley - but praises Walker & Kane

Ross Barkley

The former England man has been discussing the Everton and Tottenham Hotspur stars after Friday night's friendly against Spain.

Ex-England man Terry Butcher feels Everton's Ross Barkley was 'disappointing' for the Three Lions against Spain on Friday night - but praised Tottenham duo Kyle Walker and Harry Kane, according to Sky Sports.

Roy Hodgson's men lost 2-0 to Spain on Friday and Butcher believes Barkley could have done a lot better.

The Toffees playmaker is a lot better, according to the former England man, but didn't show it against the Spanish side.

Spurs duo Walker and Kane, though, caught his eye.

He told Sky Sports: "Barkley was disappointing. He didn't get on the ball enough and when he did he had a couple snap shots which he should have done better with. His passing wasn't great, either.

"He was very much out of his depth, I thought. He would have disappointed Roy Hodgson because he's a much better player than that."

Of the Tottenham duo, however, Butcher said: "Walker was steady. He got forward a bit more in the second half. He's got great competition for that right-back spot with Nathaniel Clyne but I thought he equipped himself alright.

"He (Kane) held the ball up well, won some good headers. He played better than Diego Costa did in a similar role for Spain."

The 2-0 loss to Spain was very much a crash back down to Earth for England fans but those expecting anything more were kidding themselves based on wins against some of the smallest nations in European football.

Everton's Barkley needs to learn to produce against the very best - he was similarly quiet against Manchester United a few weeks ago.

The Tottenham duo Butcher praised can also do better, of course, although Kane in particular could have done with more service against a defence of Spain's calibre.

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