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Jagielka impressed by Barkley

Phil Jagielka believes Everton and England team-mate Ross Barkley does not realise how good he actually is.

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Ross Barkley: Impressing Everton and England team-mate Phil Jagielka

Ross Barkley: Impressing Everton and England team-mate Phil Jagielka

Barkley made his senior international debut with a substitute appearance in England's 4-0 win over Moldolva on Friday night.

The classy midfielder was rewarded for his fine early form for Everton this season with a maiden call-up to the England squad.

Jagielka is a big admirer of the 19-year-old and he was delighted to see him make the step up to the England side.

"He's quite a quiet lad and doesn't talk that much but on the pitch he just enjoys playing," Jagielka told the Liverpool Echo.

"But Ross just takes it in his stride and loves playing football. He gets on the training ground and does his thing.

"I don't think he realises how good he is half the time. It is so natural and refreshing to watch.

"He's really enjoyed being with the squad and that's what you love to see, especially with a young lad.

"He's had so much expectation chucked on his shoulders and had to deal with a couple of bad injuries.

"So as well as the plus points, there has been a lot of negativity in his career but he seems to have come through that really well.

"He is playing well for Everton and that is the reason he got called up and on Friday when he came on he gave us a little lift."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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