By Harvey Byrne
Dietmar Hamann has given high praise to Everton attacker Ross Barkley, claiming him and John Stones are the two he likes best from the current England set-up.
The 23-year-old attacking midfielder has been called up to the senior Three Lions squad for the first time since the European Championships in the summer.
At club level he has often been overshadowed by star goal machine Romelu Lukaku in the Everton attack and has even been dropped by Ronald Koeman this season.
However, former Liverpool midfielder Hamann has told of his support for Barkley, stating he’s one of his favourites in the England team which contains the likes of stars Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker.
“It’s very hard to see any English player getting in this current Germany starting eleven,” wrote Hamann in his blog for Paddy Power.
“The two I like best are Ross Barkley and John Stones, but we are pretty good at the back with Mats Hummels and Jérôme Boateng. So it would be tough for Stones to get in there.
“In midfield we’ve Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos, it would be mighty difficult for Barkley to dislodge those two. Even Raheem Sterling would be up against Mesut Özil and Marco Reus.
“At the moment, I just couldn’t see any of them getting into a German team.
“We just produce world class players. England haven’t managed to do that, they’ve got some talented players, but they don’t get any better when they get to 18, 19, 20. Maybe it’s because they get too much money, but that’s how clubs are run.”
Barkley has been a part of the Everton first team for a long time now despite being just 23.
The attacking midfielder made his debut for the club back in 2011 and has since featured in 170 matches for the Toffees, bringing a return of 26 goals and 26 assists.
He is currently being linked with a move away from Merseyside with his contract set to enter it’s final year this summer, but fans will be keen to see him line-up in their side for years to come.
In other Everton news, this reported Toffees target has sealed a summer transfer to England.