Howard: Barkley can be star

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has tipped Ross Barkley to become an international star of the future.

Last Updated: 01/05/14 at 09:23 Post Comment

Ross Barkley: Tipped by Howard to be future international star

Ross Barkley: Tipped by Howard to be future international star

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

However the American admitted this summer's World Cup in Brazil may come too soon for the England and Everton midfielder.

Howard told Sky Sports News' Weekend Warm-Up: "Ross is a talented player of course and he's young.

"As much as I think he has a lot to learn, he'll continue to get better. He also has got tons of ability and is not afraid of the big moment, which is what you need in a World Cup. Certainly he's laid his marker down.

"I think the big if with a lot of players is you don't know how they are going to perform on the big stage and with Ross that is taken out of the equation because he doesn't worry about the big moments, in fact he enjoys it.

"People are talking about Steven Gerrard and they are trying to link him to Steven and to Wayne Rooney. What those guys do is perform that magic every week, it becomes second nature. He'll get there. We have high hopes for him."

Some media commentators have been comparing the precocious homegrown teenager's talent to that of compatriot Paul Gascoigne or even Argentina legend Diego Maradona.

Howard added: "Well they are lofty expectations and when you are a really good player and perform at that level and you are such a young player, people try to put name tags on you and raise expectations and it's for us as his team-mates and his friends to keep him on the ground.

"We do that with banter and make sure he knows he's still a little boy."

If Roy Hodgson included the 19-year-old in England's World Cup squad, Howard feels it would benefit both parties.

He said: "I think it will be beneficial for him as he goes forward in his career. I think if Ross gets taken to the World Cup, he's not going to probably play a lot.

"He might play a little part, but he's got another two or three World Cups in him and that will help him down the road. "

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

P

resumably, Diaby is in this team but receiving treatment

lee
The Pre-Season 'Is He Still There?' XI

A

deadwood 11 and not an arsenal player listed. Heady days.

EssexGooner
The Pre-Season 'Is He Still There?' XI

W

ithout doing any research I would have to say that Richard Wright is the singular most successful ex Ipswich Town player I know. Yes, thats what the kaleidoscopic whirlwind of highs and lows feels like supporting the Tractor Boys. In other exciting news I saw two, count them, TWO squirrels today. What a start to August.

hump3.
The Pre-Season 'Is He Still There?' XI

Footer 365

Premier League: Jordan Henderson looking to raise game for Liverpool and England

Jordan Henderson is aware that he needs to 'step up' for Liverpool and England following the departures of key men.

Transfer news: Manchester City hoping to complete squad with centre-half

Manchester City are planning one more summer deal, with only a centre-back required to complete their squad.

Premier League: Paul Lambert delighted to have Roy Keane at Aston Villa

Paul Lambert is enjoying working alongside Roy Keane, a man he sees becoming a key figure at Aston Villa.

Mail Box

How Can Tim Sherwood Be Out Of Work?

Don't peple know his PPG was THE BEST EVER FOR A SPURS MANAGER? We also have mails on Luis Suarez, the new fashion for 3-5-2 and more...

Plenty Of Reasons Why Lukaku's Worth It

The mailbox defends Everton's enormous outlay on Romelu Lukaku, while we also have mails on Spurs and Suarez. Oh, and worrying about the new magic spray...

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