Gareth Barry has stated Everton youngster Ross Barkley should have a spot in the England squad for the World Cup in Brazil.
The 20-year-old has impressed everyone this season and has been a regular feature in Roberto Martinez's squad throughout the campaign. Barry has been full of praise for his Everton team as of late after being complimentary of Nikica Jelavic's performance against QPR on Saturday.
Speaking on Barkley's chances of going on the plane to represent England, Barry told FourFourTwo: "Ross, for me, should be absolutely nailed on to be on that plane. And if he continues like this, I'm sure he will be."
The midfielder went on to add: "I'm sure the England manager knows enough about Ross to know that he could go out there and surprise a lot of teams, because he has that natural ability."
Whilst he believes Barkley should be in the squad, Barry wasn't sounding optimistic when talking about his chances of joining him.
"I'm just looking forward to the second half of the season with Everton," said Barry who has 53 England caps to his name. "I've not been involved with England for 18 months."
Barkley has scored three times in the league this season and has been and influential figure in the team and his performance have helped the the Toffees to fifth in the league just one point behind bitter rivals Liverpool.
If he is to win a place in the squad would be actually make a difference?
It's no secret that England won't be challenging the likes of Germany, Spain and Brazil to win the competition and will have a tricky time making it out the group. I believe the inclusion of someone of Barkley's talent would benefit the squad a great deal.
Although he has only played twice for England he very much looks like a star for the future and a figurehead in any side many years to come. After guiding Everton to where they are in the league there is no doubt Barkley's inclusion would benefit the squad.
Whilst he is relatively inexperienced on the big stage he has not looked out of place playing in a league that is considered to be the best in the world at such a young age.
Whilst he won't win England the World Cup he has the potential to take his country further than some other players currently representing the Three Lions could and give us something to get excited about.
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