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Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has revealed he looked up to former Chelsea midfielder and current Chelsea boss Frank Lampard while growing up.
A young Barkley played alongside Frank Lampard in midfield for England in the 2014 World Cup.
“He was a player I looked up to when I was growing up, and then I was lucky enough to play with him as well and take tips from him when we were with England together,” Barkley, now 25, told the official Chelsea website.
“Now it’s great to have him as manager. He will pass things that used to work for him in games on to us.
“To have him back is brilliant for the players because of the experiences he has had over his career, and it’s going to be really exciting for the fans as well.”
Meanwhile, Barkley revealed last month that Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi will surprise Chelsea fans this season with his free-kick abilities once he recovers from injury.
“People know about Marcos, they know about David and they know about Willian – when we are taking set-pieces it is mainly me and them,” Barkley said.
Emmy (Emerson) has got a decent free-kick. Someone the fans might not know about is Callum Hudson-Odoi, he has been working on free-kicks a lot and concentrating on technique with Gianfranco Zola.
“I can see that when he is back and has had more training, he will be able to showcase his free-kick ability.”