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Ross Barkley is key to England's future success

Monday 13th March 2017
With The English National side set to begin preparation for a friendly against their long time rivals Germany on March 22nd, Manager Gareth Southgate will be pondering his options and considering certain players who have been on the fringes. One of those is Ross Barkley.
One of those players for sure is Everton starlet Ross Barkley, who's been in and out of England's plans over recent years, but is he about to earn himself not only a recall to the squad, but also a starting place?

If the above happens, it is fully deserved in my opinion, Barkley for me alongside Adam Lallana is one of the best creative, flair and direct players England have in their camp and he simply must start. He has been under-rated and over criticised in recent years and I fully believe that staying at Everton this long has now put him in a position where he can simply no longer be ignored.
When you think of some of England's greatest all time flair players the name that will top most people's lists is Paul Gascoigne, and for me, Barkley is the closest we have had to a player with such qualities.

The way he uses and holds the ball almost mirrors Gazza at times, his persona and his movement with the ball at his feet the way he can slide and ghost past players is very similar to what we used to admire from the Geordie boy.

Barkley has the ability to change a game in an instant, there are not too many players who are blessed with this talent. He is quick, intelligent, always looks forward, direct, can beat players, is skilful, has an eye for a killer pass and can score goals.

The few things that had been holding him back such as his decision-making and knowing when to hold or release the ball he seems to have gotten on top of this season at Everton, which has arguably been his best season as a Professional footballer since starting off.

Still only 23-years of age, he has been at Everton since Youth level in 2005 and has been rewarded for his dedication and talent by becoming one of the Premier League club's most important players and first names on the team sheet. He has been ever present within the England National teams from Under 16 level up to his 22 Senior Caps.

I believe that this is the year he has really shown his true potential and matured to a decent level in order to become a world beater, which I truly feel he will be within the next two years. He has curbed his sometimes unpredictable attitude and turned that energy positively and the rewards for this are really showing on the pitch this season.

In Ronald Koeman, he has a Manager who trusts him and one he also respects, the Dutchman really seems to be getting the best out of Barkley and has been nothing but a positive influence in his career at a stage where it could have gone either way.

The Midfielder genuinely has a chance to become the next Paul Gascoigne and if things go right, we could all be witnessing another legend in the making here.

England take on Germany and Lithuania in the next two weeks; should Ross Barkley make the squad?

Simon Phillips
Simon Phillips
Football Writer for the last 7 years, specialising in the English Premier League and covering a wide range of topics.

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