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Attacking midfield: Ross Barkley

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Ross Barkley broke into the Everton first-team this season and scored his first goal for the club in Everton's first game of the season against Norwich. Ever since then, he has been Everton's charismatic youngster making the game so easy for their front man, Romelu Lukaku. 

With his impressive performances for club, Roy Hodgson decided to call him up to the England squad. He  earned his first senior cap the following month, coming on as a substitute for Jack Wilshere in a 4-0 win in a World Cup qualifier against Moldova at Wembley. Barkley has been kept in the England squad ever since and has added two more caps to his name. 

At the moment, I think he is a little out of his depth and he needs to get some more Premier League experience with Everton before he go on and try to tear apart the midfield and defence of other international teams. 

However, in the near-future I would like to see Hodgson pick Barkley in the position I have put him in, just behind Wayne Rooney and I would like to see whether Barkley can get the link-up play going with Rooney like he does with Lukaku. 

By 2018, I think Barkley and Wilshere will be having the most competition for the midfield spot but I would just Wilshere in a more defensive midfield/central midfield role with Barkley playing in front of him. 

As Barkley gets older, he will get better and he should overtake players such as Cleverley and Henderson and will push them out of the England team and he could become the new Steven Gerrard.

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