England starlet Ross Barkley is at the perfect club to continue his development according to teammate Gareth Barry.

Barry, who himself has over 50 England caps to his name, believes the young midfielder will continue to improve as a player for as long as he stays at Goodison Park.

Barkley has featured in all seven of the Toffee's league fixtures this season, bagging two goals in the process, and made his England debut in August's World Cup qualifying success over Moldova. 

Barry, who made his England debut as a 19-year-old and travelled to Euro 2000 having won only two caps, has been impressed by Barkley's rise and said: "There are so many positives I can throw at him, for such a young player he is playing a very mature game.

"He is strong, quick, has a change of pace and the performances he has shown in the Premier League prove he can deal with the pressure.

"But on the other side the manager has already stated you don't want to put loads of pressure on his shoulders.

"You don't want to build him up too much. I think Everton is the perfect club to be learning his trade and the more he plays the more he learns and he will keep improving while keeping his feet on the ground, which will be ideal for him."

Former Aston Villa man, Barry joined Everton on transfer deadline day in a season-long loan from Manchester City and he's reserved praise for the man who gave him a chance to resurrect his Premier League career after Manuel Pellegrini had deemed him surplus to requirements.

The Independent quotes Barry as saying: "The manager has already shown he is not frightened to throw the younger players in if he thinks there is a role in the team and he thinks they have enough ability.

"Ross is reaping the benefits at the moment and the more he plays the more confident he will get and the more he will improve."

If Barkley can continue his fine early-season form he's likely to be on the plane to Brazil, if Roy Hodgson's men can make it that is. 

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