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Ross Barkley 'doesn't know how good he is'

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Ross Barkley made his debut for England on Friday. (©GettyImages)
Ross Barkley made his debut for England on Friday. (©GettyImages).

After putting in an impressive performance during his senior England debut against Moldova on Friday, Everton wonder kid Ross Barkley has caught the eye of fellow Toffees mainstay Phil Jagielka.

The Everton skipper has revealed how impressed he has been with Barkley's progress in training while away on England duty.

Jagielka told Liverpool Echo“He’s quite a quiet lad and doesn’t talk that much but on the pitch he just enjoys playing.

“Ross just takes it in his stride and loves playing football. He gets on the training ground and does his thing."

After making an impressive start to the Premier League season, playing 90 minutes in all three of Everton's Premier League games, Barkley has impressed Roy Hodgson enough to give him a place in the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

According to Everton captain Phil Jagileka, Ross Barkley's humble attitude and potential ability has given the England side a confidence boost: “I don’t think he realises how good he is half the time. It is so natural and refreshing to watch.

“He’s really enjoyed being with the squad and that’s what you love to see, especially with a young lad.

"He is playing well for Everton and that is the reason he got called up and on Friday. When he came on he gave us a little lift.”

England play Ukraine in a crucial match on Tuesday. Ross Barkley and Phil Jagielka are both expected to feature.

The 19-year-old has been at Everton since he was a boy, and barring loan spells away at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds respectively, has been developed solely at the same youth academy which nurtured the talent of Wayne Rooney.

Big things are expected of Barkley, with him likely to see an abundance of game time in the wake of Marouane Fellaini's departure to Manchester United. 

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