Ross Barkley – “I don’t like Wayne Rooney comparison”

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Young England sensation Ross Barkley has quashed comparisons between him and Wayne Rooney. There may be natural similarities between the two such as starting their career at Everton, both coming into the England team at an early age and similar body somatotypes. However, Barkley has revealed he doesn’t like the comparisons.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Barkley said, “I just see myself being the player I am.”

“It’s natural for the media to compare us because we came through the Everton youth ranks and are both playing for England, but I don’t like all the comparisons,” said Barkley, who has won nine England caps so far.

The 20-year-old has revealed that his international captain has helped him settle to life as an England player; “He’s been really helpful. As soon as I came into the squad he came up to me and helped me settle in, and I’m thankful for it. “Ever since I’ve been young I always wanted to do what Wayne did. He’s going to go down as one of England’s greats.”

Speaking ahead of the Slovenia game on Saturday, Barkley revealed his relief at coming back from injury. “It’s been very frustrating, getting the injury early doors in the season,” he said. “I was looking at pushing on from the World Cup. It was a great experience for me. I wanted to push on and do better than last season.”

A player who has all the potential in the world, is Barkley set to better the career of Wayne Rooney?