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Here’s why this Everton star must start for England

Date: 11th June 2014 at 6:48pm
Written by Christy Malyan

England fans were left flabbergasted last week when Ross Barkley's captivating display against Ecuador in a World Cup warm-up fixture was met by a surprisingly grumpy response from Roy Hodgson. "I'm not prepared to address your obsession with Ross Barkley," said the Three Lions manager. "He lost the ball an awful lot of times as well. If he's going to be the player we want him to be, he has to make better decisions of when he turns with the ball." It's true that the England international appeared almost too daring in the final third at times and some of his decision-making cost the Three Lions further opportunities at goal. But equally, he was by far our most creative  and potent threat on the counter-attack - to make a goal-scoring omelette of classy delight, you have to break a few eggs along the way. Rather tellingly, the 20 year-old has created more chances, five, than any of his team-mates during England's three warm-up friendlies. In my opinion, Barkley should be ... Read More


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