TREVOR BROOKING believes Ross Barkley has the potential to be an “outstanding talent” on the international stage.
The Everton midfielder shone for England Under-19s in their 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic at Brisbane Road last night.
Barkley, 18, created the first goal for Spurs’ Harry Kane, and also set up the move which led to the Three Lions’ second – headed home by Chelsea’s Pat Bamford.
The Wavertree-born player was denied a deserved goal late on when twice thwarted by the Czech keeper, but distinguished himself on the ball throughout the contest.
Fellow Everton youngsters Luke Garbutt and Jake Bidwell shared left-back duties, spending 45 minutes apiece in the role and both looked calm and composed for Noel Blake’s team.
Trevor Brooking, who was summarising for FATV, was particularly impressed by Barkley’s display.
He said: “Barkley had a good game and I think he will be an outstanding talent for England in the future.
“I also think Everton will be pleased as well.
“He is always there or thereabouts in their first team but the 90 minutes will have done him good.”
Interim senior coach Stuart Pearce, meanwhile, has praised Leighton Baines’ emergence as a serious threat to Ashley Cole’s left-back slot.
“Ashley Cole is the best left-back that has ever played for England – that is a fact,” said Pearce. “But Leighton has done extremely well. Over the past two years he has developed and he is putting pressure on Ash.”