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Barry backs Everton teammate Barkley to win England World Cup place

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By Andrew Tuft

Tuesday 07 January 2014

Gareth Barry is sure his Everton teammate Ross Barkley will be a part of Roy Hodgson’s England squad for this summer’s World Cup, so impressive has his form been, Sky Sports has reported.

Ross Barkley

Barry dismissed his chances of winning a place in Hodgson’s squad, having been out of the international picture for some time, but is certain Barkley will be in the mix having starred in Roberto Martinez’s team so far this season. Hodgson has already given Barkley his senior international bow and a total of three international caps this season.

It was suggested to Barry that he could join Barkley in Brazil but the on-loan Manchester City midfielder was dismissive of the suggestion. “I'm not too worried about that at the moment,” he said. “I'm just looking forward to the second half of the season with Everton. I've not been involved with England for 18 months.

But Ross, for me, should be absolutely nailed on to be on that plane,” Barry continued. “And if he continues like this, I'm sure he will be. I'm sure the England manager knows enough about Ross to know that he could go out there and surprise a lot of teams, because he has that natural ability.

Barkley was on the score sheet on Saturday as Everton dispatched Queens Park Rangers 4-0 in the FA Cup, the 20-year-old opening the scoring before a Nikica Jelavic brace and a Seamus Coleman goal added to the score line.

Barry is sure Barkley is at the right club to continue his progression, predicting a bright future for his colleague. “He is just growing in confidence as the season goes on,” Barry said of Barkley, who started the campaign with a spectacular goal at Norwich City. “I think working with this manager, it is going to have that sort of impact on him. And the more he learns about the game and his position, the more he is going to improve.

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