Specifically, the former England boss was discussing the trio's international form, suggesting Roy Hodgson needs more from his players when it comes to their free-kicks and corners while playing for their country.
Indeed, Hoddle told the Mail: "Another area for Roy to look at is set pieces. In knockout football at the highest level, games can often be decided by one well-delivered free-kick or corner.
"We were spoiled for many years by having David Beckham and Steven Gerrard. I’m looking for someone to put their hands up and demand to be the set-piece specialist. So far, I haven’t been convinced that James Milner, Adam Lallana and Barkley will put the ball on a plate at the big moments."
More generally, the trio can certainly be criticised for being inconsistent. Barkley has looked superb for Everton - but not every single week.
Against Spain and Manchester United, for instance, when the bar was raised, the Toffees playmaker didn't really make an impact.
The exact same can be said of Lallana, while his Liverpool team-mate Milner isn't inconsistent but doesn't necessarily offer a cutting edge when it comes to his final product.
One can argue Hoddle is being harsh on the Everton and Liverpool trio but, with the Euros upcoming, England need to face the reality. Playing San Marino, Lithuania and co was one thing. Playing teams actually equal - and superior - to the Three Lions is a whole different ball game.