The King Power Stadium

Next Game

Leicester v Everton

Sunday, 27 July 2014, 12:00

Friendly Match

Prenton Park

Last Game

Tranmere 2 - 2 Everton

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 19:45

Friendly Match

Scholes has faith in Barkley

Paul Scholes has urged England manager Roy Hodgson to put his faith in Ross Barkley at the World Cup and believes he can have a similar impact to Wayne Rooney's memorable Euro 2004 campaign.

Last Updated: 17/06/14 at 12:11 Post Comment

Ross Barkley: Can have a big impact says Paul Scholes

Ross Barkley: Can have a big impact says Paul Scholes

Barkley, 20, has six England caps and has impressed in the recent warm-up matches as the Everton man has looked to inject speed and excitement into Hodgson's side.

It remains to be seen if he will feature from the start in England's World Cup opener against Italy on Saturday night but Scholes, who suggested recently that Rooney may have past his peak, believes Barkley is now in a place where the Manchester United forward was leading into Euro 2004.

"I was watching the England vs Ecuador friendly in an airport lounge, a bit back from the screen," he wrote in his Paddy Power blog.

"In the first half Ross went on a run and I thought, 'Bloody hell, is that Rooney?' Barkley made me think of Wayne at Euro 2004. I had to take a second look because I thought it was Wayne."

An 18-year-old Rooney burst onto the international scene by scoring four goals at the European Championship a decade ago but is still yet to find the back of the net during the World Cup finals.

Scholes wants to see England attack in Brazil, with flair players like Barkley and Liverpool's Raheem Sterling now taking centre stage.

"Now is a great chance for Roy Hodgson to give English football the identity we've lacked," he added.

"Tell the world: this is how we play, attack! There is no point taking people like Raheem Sterling or Ross Barkley to Brazil 'for the experience'. Play them.

"Some people might say it's risky. But these players have the fitness and ability to get the ball back if they lose it (hopefully not in dangerous positions). You want them to attack and give the opposition problems.

"Roy Hodgson has little to lose by going for the jugular. Will we be satisfied if England scrape through to the quarter finals playing negative football?

"Let's not do that and take responsibility for what happens if we go for it. Let these England players off the leash."

Paul Scholes said nothing for his entire illustrious career. Now nobody can shut him up!
- tokyojoker

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Premier League: Darron Gibson makes Everton comeback after nine months out with cruciate injury

Darron Gibson made his comeback after nine months out with a serious knee injury in Everton's friendly against Tranmere.

Premier League: Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool will move on without Luis Suarez

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists there is no bad blood between the club and the outgoing Luis Suarez.

Transfer news: Liverpool appear to be close to completing a deal for Loic Remy

Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Loic Remy with the French forward reportedly having his medical in Boston.

Mail Box

Why The Obsession Over The Captaincy?

Asks the morning mailbox, before hastily returning to the debate over who should replace Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Ed Woodward's spending plans and more...

Anyone But Rooney. Or Baines. Or Hart.

There isn't a great deal of excitement in the Mailbox regarding England's potential new captain, but we have good stuff on Gerrard's development and a one club man team...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property