Ross Barkley has made his bow at the World Cup in Brazil with England and showed us glimpses of why he should be touted as the next boy wonder for England.
Similar to that of Wayne Rooney, Barkley possesses many similarities as both individuals played for their boyhood club Everton. Barkley’s stature and body composition is reminiscent of Rooney but it seems he has that extra something in terms of his play that Rooney lacks. Barkley’s confidence to run at defenders is what makes him an exciting prospect for England’s hopes for the future.
The 20-year-old was given his first taste of 90 minutes in an England shirt and it seems Barkley thrived on the taste of it. The Everton midfielder is a player who can whet the appetites of the Three Lion’s fans who desperately want to see their team play attractive football with no-fear. With no qualms about running at defenders and happy to have the ball at his feet, will Barkley be England’s main man in years to come?
Next season could be a real turning point for the youngster who looks ready to play a major part in Everton manager Roberto Martinez’s plans. If Barkley can push himself into the Everton starting XI and play consistent football, maybe we could see a promising talent become the next big thing.
By Oliver Baines | June 25th, 2014