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Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley did very well while on international duty with the England national team as he scored a brace and got an assist in England’s 6-0 win over Bulgaria in the Euro 2020 qualifying game.
Barkley has found playing time hard to get in the Chelsea team, and Blues boss Frank Lampard has admitted that Barkley’s performance for England has caused more problems for him regarding player selection.
“Ross played well,” praises Lampard. “I am loving his arrival into the box, that is what you always want when you are playing with midfielders with attacking qualities, for them to be in the six-yard box, not just to be in and around the area, and it is good for his confidence.
“He knows that it is competitive here for a place in midfield. I am delighted to see players going away internationally and doing well, particularly if they have not been playing as much as they would like to here. It gives me a good problem and I am pleased for him.”
Lampard has now challenged Mount to do more so he can break into the Chelsea first eleven.
“One thing I have found from working with Ross is that he really wants to learn and improve,” he reveals.
“He wants to listen and he has great talent. That is probably why people have judged him to be at a level from a young age because we do get excited when a great talent comes through in England.
“His move here to Chelsea where it is competitive has given him challenges, and it is up to him to show what he showed for England on Monday night, and what he is showing in parts already since I have been here because midfield players who can go by a player and who can use right and left foot and conjure a moment out of nothing are gold.
“But then you have to have the complete game with that and Ross certainly has those talents and can get better.”