Jamie Redknapp: This Everton attacker would thrive alongside Dele Alli
By Harvey Byrne
Sky Sports pundit and former Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes Everton attacking midfield ace Ross Barkley can thrive alongside Dele Alli for England.
The 23-year-old Toffees youth graduate has not been named in a Three Lions squad since the European Championships last summer.
He failed to make a single appearance in France and his last appearance for England came in a friendly against Australia last May.
With his position at Everton also coming under much question and reports from the Mirror claiming Tottenham interest, Redknapp believes Barkley would thrive alongside current Spurs star Alli in the national team.
“After interviewing Ross Barkley recently, I learned just how hurt he was to be omitted from the England squad after the Euros,” wrote Redknapp in his column for the Daily Mail.
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“He had a frosty start to life under Ronald Koeman at Everton which knocked his confidence. Now there is a mutual respect between the two.
“Barkley knows he must do more and I am impressed by his desire to improve every facet of his game. He is now in scintillating form and I can see him thriving with Dele Alli in a midfield three for England.”
Barkley made his debut for Everton in 2012 against QPR at the age of 18.
He was considered one of England’s brightest prospects, but his form has dropped alongside the Toffees’ struggles under former boss Roberto Martinez.
The attacker has found himself in and out of the team under current manager Ronald Koeman and with his contract set to enter it’s final year in the summer he could be lining up alongside Alli at club level before too long.
The Tottenham attacking midfielder has had a different route, coming through MK Dons’ youth system in League One and he is currently considered one of the Premier League’s hottest properties.