The Everton youngster was one of a few surprise inclusions in the Three Lions’ 23-man squad for the showpiece tournament, on the back of an exciting breakthrough season in the Premier League.
Despite being just 20, Barkley has been impressive when called upon in recent friendly matches, which has led some to call for him to be given a starting berth in Wayne Rooney’s role just off of the main striker, with the Manchester United star shifted out wide or up front.
But Barkley is likely to be on the bench for Saturday’s opener against Italy, with Danny Welbeck being tipped to make the XI.
Redknapp – who lost out to Hodgson in the running for the England job in 2012 – says that he would start the attacking midfielder due to his ability and potential:
“Personally, I would play Barkley. I’d play [Wayne] Rooney up front and maybe [Daniel] Sturridge one side and [Raheem] Sterling on the other.” He told talkSPORT.
“It is a team that I would have gone for. I don’t think Barkley will start but I would love to see him play.
“I think he is a fantastic talent and I think he could have a real impact on the World Cup if he is given the chance.”