Arsenal's Jack Wilshere trumped by Everton star

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Ross Barkley was called up to the England squad for the crucial World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland.

Such a call represents the meteoric rise of the player who had just two Premier League starts to his name at the start of the season.

Under new Everton manager Roberto Martinez, the 19-year-old has quickly grown in to one of England's most promising young talents and is tipped to be part of the next generation of English stars.

All this seems a bit familiar, doesn't it?

The 2010/11 season saw a young 18-year-old rise at a similar pace but this time at Arsenal.

Jack Wilshere made 35 appearances for Arsenal in that season, soon becoming one of Arsenal's creative players in the centre of midfield.

He then suffered a number of injury problems that saw him play no games in the 2011/12 season and just 25 the next. This season, thanks to an ankle injury at the end of last season, he has been unable to re-ignite the form he first showed in 2010.

Both Barkely and Wilshere are similar players so who should play in the crucial games for England? Arsenal's 21-year-old or Everton's 19-year-old?

According to the stats, it seems that Wilshere may well have to settle for a place on the bench in Roy Hodgson's squad.

Premier League 2013/14 stats:

Jack Wilshere/Ross Barkley

Appearances: 5(1)/6
Goals: 0/2
Assists: 0/0
Passes: 42/45.7
Pass completion: 88.5%/88%
Shots: 0.3/3.2
Key passes: 1.2/1.3
Tackles: 1/1.5

Looking at these key stats, it is revealed that Barkley has beaten Wilshere in six areas whilst Wilshere is only better at pass completion by half a percent. Even that win is stifled by the fact that Barkley makes nearly four successful passes more than Wilshere per game.

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