Former Everton and England footballer Peter Reid, has backed Ross Barkley to be in England's World Cup finals squad next summer.
The 19-year-old has impressed under new boss Roberto Martinez in the Toffee's opening three games, as well as getting on the scoresheet in the opening day draw against Norwich City.
Reid, a former England midfielder, thinks the youngster is more than capable of making the squad for next summer's potential trip to Brazil.
"He has got all the attributes to be a top, top player," said Reid.
England currently have a crop of good midfield players but Reid knows that some of these stars, like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, are nearing the end of their international careers.
"There's definitely a gap in there. Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard are top-class players but they are in the more experienced mould," he added.
Roy Hodgson is hoping to introduce and improve more of the younger players in the national squad leading up to next summer, and Reid thinks this is a good idea.
"There is nothing wrong with sticking young players in England squads and World Cups if they can handle it. I think he has got the right character and ability to do that," said the former Everton man.
Much of this will depend on Barkley's club form. The Everton number 20 will need to continue to play, and improve, if he is to push his way into the England 11 by the end of the season.
"It's there for Ross but he has to keep his head down. If he get's his club form right then who knows," he concluded.
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