Football

Ross Barkley tipped for World Cup place by England legend

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

England legend Alan Shearer believes Ross Barkley can shine for the national side at next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

The Everton player made his debut for Roy Hodgson's England team in September whilst enjoying a superb start to the season under new manager Roberto Martinez. The Everton boss heaped praise on the 20-year-old, calling him "a unique talent".

The Merseyside club are reportedly looking to give Barkley a bumper new contract with a pay increase in the new year to warn off interest from Premier League rivals.

Shearer, who scored 30 goals for England himself, told The Metro: "If there is to be maybe one surprise in the squad and make a name for himself it's Ross Barkley.

"In a squad of 23 I think maybe Roy Hodgson’s got 20, even 21 in his head so there might be a space for a surprise inclusion."

Barkley has made three senior appearances for England since September and the attacking midfielder is favourite to become a future England star alongside the likes of Jack Wilshere, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.

The Everton man is reported to have been mentored by England captain Steven Gerrard whilst with the squad.

However, the youngster could be ready to play for Hodgson's senior squad sooner than expected.

Shearer also spoke of England's World Cup chances next summer and thinks the group England have been drawn in could become a positive. England were drawn in Group D alongside Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica.

"It's an exciting draw and one that should whet the appetite not just of the fans but also of the players," Shearer added.

"If they get off to a good start and get a good result in that first game [against Italy] their confidence will be sky high."

Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU

DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Everton
England Football
Alan Shearer
Football

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again