Roy Hodgson has refused to respond to the hype surrounding Everton midfielder Ross Barkley ahead of England’s World Cup journey.
According to The Daily Mail, the England boss would not comment on the ‘obsession’ to start the 20-year-old.
When quizzed on the subject, Hodgson said: “I think he needs to learn when he can turn with the ball and when he has to keep the ball. But that’s quite normal for a player his age, he’ll be quite happy to have played so long on his first start.”
There has been a lot of hype surrounding the player and whether he will be in the starting line up ahead of England’s first game of the tournament against Italy. Hodgson went on to hit out at the fact that all players should be credited for their performance not just one.
After he was asked about the possibility of Barkley having a place in the starting line up, he said: “There always seems to be enormous obsession with one player.”
For now it remains to be seen whether Barkley will make it into the starting XI but it's not long until definitive news will be announced concerning whether or not he has earned himself a place.
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