Everton whizzkid Ross Barkley is determined to continue his brilliant form for Everton and will not become distracted by international matters.

The 19-year-old midfielder made his international debut as a second-half substitute against Moldova in September after being promoted from the U21 squad - for whom he made just a handful of appearances. 

He has been an integral part of Everton's impressive start to the campaign, with some at Goodison Park even comparing him to former Toffee youngster Wayne Rooney.

Despite the World Cup looming over the horizon, though, the former Leeds United loanee has reaffirmed that Everton remains his priority. 

Speaking with evertontv in an interview that was quoted by Sky Sports, he said: "It's every youngster's dream to play in the World Cup.

"But I'm not really thinking about it at the moment - hopefully if I play well for Everton then I will push into that team and get to Brazil.

"It was a nice surprise to be selected in September's squad. It just shows that hard work pays off."

The midfielder has proved to be one of the hottest English prospects in the Premier League with his performances this term, scoring two goals in nine starts under the guidance of Spaniard Roberto Martinez.

Barkley admits that the prospect of playing for your country can be quite daunting, but was quick to praise the more experienced players for helping him deal with those nerves. 

"The first two days I'd say there were a lot of nerves but then it settled because it felt like I was meant to be there," he added.

"It's helpful being around different players that I'm not used to - being around big-name players - it's good just talking to them and seeing the way they approach games. It bodes well for future games for me.

"It was unfortunate I just missed out on a goal but it's always good playing for your country. To come on for the seniors was a great feeling and a good moment for my family as well."

Barkley was selected once again by the Three Lions for the upcoming friendly double-header against Chile and Germany at Wembley and he will hope to add to his solitary cap.

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