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Lineker on 'real star' Barkley hype: Great players respond to pressure!

England great Gary Lineker sees tremendous potential and talent in Everton football club's star-in-the-making Ross Barkley.

With an 84% pass completion rate, 66% tackling success, a 50% shot accuracy and the scorer of the winning goal in Everton's 2-1 triumph over Swansea City on Sunday, December 22, Everton's all-rounder Ross Barkley once again attracted punditry acclaim thanks to his starring ever-present role.

Speaking to EvertonTV, Barkley said: 'It was a special moment… we didn't play so well in the first half but we were better in the second. I thought the goal was coming, I saw the free-kick and took my opportunity.'

Enjoying a break-out season on Merseyside, Barkley has been subjected to much hype surrounding his current ability and potential to develop over the next decade, including being appraised as a hybrid of former England star and one-time Evertonian Paul Gascoigne and ex Chelsea professional Michael Ballack by current manager Roberto Martinez.

Like Gascoigne, Gary Lineker - also a star with England and Everton - reserved high praise for Barkley, citing the 20-year-old as a 'star in the making', a 'prodigious talent' and that 'England have a real player'. He also mentioned that regardless of hype and media attention, Barkley should respond positively and react accordingly if he is going to go on to become a great player…

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