Barkley concentrating on Everton over World Cup hopes

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is remaining focused on playing for Everton rather than thinking about the potential of playing in next summer’s World Cup, Sky Sports has reported.

Barkley, 19, was first included in Roy Hodgson’s squad during September and made his debut against Moldova at Wembley. The midfielder made just five appearances for the Under-21s before being promoted into the senior squad, and Barkley has continued to impress for Roberto Martinez’s side in the Premier League this season.

It’s every youngster’s dream to play in the World Cup,” he told evertontv. ”But I’m not really thinking about it at the moment – hopefully if I play well for Everton then I will push into that team and get to Brazil.

It was a nice surprise to be selected in September’s squad. It just shows that hard work pays off,” Barkley continued. “The first two days I’d say there were a lot of nerves but then it settled because it felt like I was meant to be there.

It’s helpful being around different players that I’m not used to – being around big-name players – it’s good just talking to them and seeing the way they approach games. It bodes well for future games for me.

It was unfortunate I just missed out on a goal but it’s always good playing for your country. To come on for the seniors was a great feeling and a good moment for my family as well.

Barkley has played a part in all of Everton’s Premier League matches this season, and has scored two goals in the process. The midfielder was on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United before returning to the club he grew up supporting for the new season.

Barkley suffered a leg-break after colliding with Andre Wisdom on England Under-19 duty in 2010, but his recovery process enabled him to return during pre-season 2011-12.

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