Alli or Barkley: Who should start for England at Euro 2016?

Dele Alli v Ross Barkley: Head to Head: : 20160527

The Everton and Tottenham Hotspur youngsters are both competing for a starting role.

Dele Alli v Ross Barkley: Head to Head: : 20160527

With Euro 2016 on the horizon, England have a number of selection issues to resolve before their first game in France.

After a strong Premier League campaign, there are a number of players in Roy Hodgson’s squad currently all vying for a starting place.

England's Dele AlliEngland's Dele Alli

One of the areas where he has a major decision to make is in midfield, where the England boss has several options available to him. 

He will likely be forced to choose between youngsters Dele Alli and Ross Barkley for a starting role, so which one deserves a starting place?

We decided to take a look at how they compared across this past season.

  TeamGoalsGoal AssistTotal Scoring Attempts per GameKey Passes per GameAccurate Passes pe GameSuccessful Final Third Passes per GameWon Contests per GameTouches per GameAppearances
Dele Alli Tottenham 10 9 2.24 1.67 24.91 10.3 0.91 53.48 33
Ross Barkley Everton 8 8 2.5 1.5 40.76 14.26 3.05 67.55 38

And surprisingly it was the Everton man who came out on top in five of the eight areas that we looked at.

On a per game basis, he registered more accurate passes, more successful passes in the final third and more won contests per game than his rival.

He was also more heavily involved in games, managing more touches per game than Alli across this past season. The Toffees star also posted more shots per game that the Spurs man.

However, it wasn’t al bad for Alli as he registered more goals and assists, as well as more key passes per game than Barkley

Nonetheless, that is a surprising result and it will be interesting to see who Hodgson chooses for a starting role at Euro 2016.

England's Ross Barkley in action with Netherlands' Memphis DepayEngland's Ross Barkley in action with Netherlands' Memphis Depay

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