Ross Barkley was in fine form for England as the Three Lions defeated Spain 3-2 in Seville on Monday night.
Barkley who has been absent from the national team for over a year was brilliant to watch against the Spaniards, and the Chelsea midfielder was involved in England’s third goal as he played a teasing ball over the top to find Harry Kane who laid it on a plate for Raheem Sterling to score.
Barkley was running the show in the middle of the pitch and former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was impressed with the former Everton man, and believes he can be the missing link for the Three Lions.
“I’m pleased for Ross Barkley tonight,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“Even on the back of Croatia – he’s started really well at Chelsea – people were still looking at the Croatia game and saying ‘did he bring enough? Did he do enough?’
“It was a difficult game to play in. He was involved in one of the goals but he also played really well tonight. He’s had an up and down couple of years – criticism leaving Everton, didn’t quite happen at Chelsea, injuries as well… there’s no doubt that lad has got talent.
“If he can put it all together with his decision making going forward, he could be that creative player, that we said on the back of the World Cup, that England still lacked.”
Jamie Redknapp, Carragher’s former teammate at Liverpool was also pleased with Barkley’s performance and admitted that the 24-year-old has improved under Maurizio Sarri.
Redknapp added: “You can see he’s got that sparkle in his eye again. I think he’s learning a lot about the game under Sarri. I think he’s developing. It’s confidence, it’s belief.
“The belief this has got to give these young players. I think about the two midfield players: you’ve got Harry Winks and Ross Barkley and I’m thinking to myself before the game, ‘they’ve not had a lot of minutes in the Premier League, a couple of Champions League games.’
“I couldn’t wait to see how they’d do today. ‘Both of them were fantastic in there. They were different class, the way they held the ball up, the way they passed it.
“Harry Winks was even involved in one or two altercations with the Spanish players – he didn’t care, he showed no respect for them, which I think is what you’ve got to do.”