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Ross Barkley is the new Paul Gascoigne

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Ross Barkley is Everton's star man, and he is just 20 years old. Bursting onto the Premier League scene this season he has become a key part of their success, making 34 appearances this season. 

During this season his performances have been so impressive he has not only earned himself a place in the England squad but had comparisons made about him with one of England's finest, Paul Gascoigne. His ability to play comfortably with two feet, his pace, strength and shooting ability make him the complete midfielder.

Arguably his finest display came in the game in the 3-2 defeat at home to Manchester City, where he scored from the edge of the box and ran the game from midfield taking on player after player. Similar performances to this on were common and left Roy Hodgson with no option but to include him in England's 23 man squad.

Ray Hall, former Everton academy coach said he can pinpoint exactly when he knew he had a huge talent on his hands.

"Someone once told me that you could tell which foot a player favoured by getting them to take a penalty - the one they used would tell you if a player was right footed or left footed, the first time I asked Ross to take penalties he took four - two with each foot - and he scored them all" Hall told the BBC.

This moment came was Ross was aged just 11, and since then he has played way above his age range, and taken it all in his stride. He was playing for England under 16's aged just 14 and was on the bench for an Everton first team game at just 16.

But things haven't been plain sailing for Ross, just after that first team call up he broke his leg in three places, after a collision with André Wisdom for the England u19's.

He recovered well though and enjoyed successful loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds before Roberto Martinez showed belief in his ability and he has never looked back.

With England duo Lampard and Gerrard in their twilight years, Barkley has a big opportunity to become England's main midfield man. Big clubs are interested in signing this summer, the most important thing for Barkley is that he keeps playing first team football. 

Whether he gets the opportunity to shine in Brazil, we will have to wait and see, but when his chance comes, he must grab it with both hands.


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