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."
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