Everton starlet ‘over the moon’

Ross Barkley (Everton)Everton midfielder Ross Barkley says that he is “over the moon” to have been called up to represent England.

The 19-year-old was a shock inclusion in Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson’s squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, following an impressive start to the new season with the Toffees.

Barkley – who spent time on loan with Leeds earlier this year – says that he is absolutely thrilled to have been called up, and that he is looking forward to learning from some of the side’s experienced players.

“When the gaffer (Roberto Martinez) told me I was over the moon,” Barkley told Everton’s official website.

“It was the best feeling ever. To get called up to your country’s senior side, there is nothing better that can happen.

“I think it will be a good experience being around top-class players like Phil Jagielka and Frank Lampard and learning from them all.”

The youngster also went on to say that he hopes that the call will be the first of many.

“I’m humble about it and hopefully I do get a cap – and then plenty more in the future,” he added.

Barkley has made a fine start to the season with Everton, netting a goal in their opening day draw with Norwich.

The teenager now faces a fight for first-team football at Goodison Park, with James McCarthy and Gareth Barry having been signed to bolster their midfield options.

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