The England squad, for the first time in a long time, is brimming with young, talented players. There should be balance in youth and experience, and Barkley must be one of the youngsters to make the squad. He is one of the few English players with the intelligence to find space in between defensive and midfield lines, as well as also possessing the technical quality to take advantage of that space.
Barkley played very well against Manchester City over the weekend, and scored a brilliant goal to top his performance off. That was just one of the many impressive performances that Barkley has produced this season for Everton. The youngster has shown that as an x-factor, he can give the England squad an awful lot right now.
England now have many young, quick players like Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but Barkley brings something different to the table. He possesses technical gifts rather than physical gifts. Great ball control with vision and passing ability means he can assist from anywhere in the final third, as well as being a goal threat from short and long range.
The World Cup is known to be a breeding ground for young stars to explode onto the world scene. Hodgson should announce Barkley as a member of his final World Cup squad, and don’t be surprised if Barkley then announces himself to the world on the biggest stage of all this summer.