Everton midfielder Ross Barkley was given his first England cap on Friday evening against Moldova who are second to bottom in Group H qualifiers for the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

The 19-year-old came off the bench making his England debut with Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere making way for the youngster to gain his first cap as an England senior international.

England led the match 4-0 prior to Barkley's entrance into the game with Steven Gerrard, Rickie Lambert and Danny Welbeck on the scoresheet for England, Welbeck bagging a brace.

Barkley earned his England call-up after a run of good games for Everton under new manager Roberto Martinez.

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend also gained his first England call-up to the senior team after a run of exceptional performances for Spurs in the Premier League and Europa League.

The 19-year-old has high expectations as an England player being described as "England's Michael Ballack". Barkley has potential to become a regular player under Roy Hodgson.

The 66-year-old has been set targets by FA Chairman Grey Dyke to reach at least the semi-finals at the Euros in 2020 and most notably to win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

England and the Premier League have been criticized of the lack of homegrown talent through the youth academies. Barkley is a prime example of what can be produced through the exceptional facilities in the England youth academies.

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