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Barkley Makes England Squad

Paul Thomas

It only took two games, but Ross Barkley has now made the move to the senior England side. The youngster has parlayed two quality performances into a spot in Roy Hodgson's squad as England continue their quest to qualify for the World Cup.

This will be the youngsters first opportunity to earn an senior side cap, but it is possible Hodgson has just brought the midfielder into camp to get a look at him in person. With the conservative nature of the England side, it would be a bit of shock to see Barkley get some actual playing time.

In two games Barkley has showed the brilliance that has led Everton insiders to label him one of the greatest young talents at the club, and possibly in all of England. The expectations for the teenager indicate he could be better than a former Everton youngster, Wayne Rooney.

Joining Barkley in the squad is the ever present duo of Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka. Both players have become mainstays in Hodgson's squads and it will be interesting to see what role they play going forward into two crucial qualifiers at home against Moldova and away against Ukraine.

Former Everton and current Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy has also gotten the call as speculation around the performance of Joe Hart continues to build.

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