Is Everton's Ross Barkley the new Wayne Rooney?

Ross Barkley

Do England have a new Wayne Rooney on our hands in the shape of 20-year-old Ross Barkley?

Few will ever forget the moment when Wayne Rooney introduced himself to the footballing world. His sensational strike against Arsenal beating England number one David Seaman was a moment of magic, and Rooney has never looked back. 

At 28-years of age, Rooney will now be held as an experienced player in the England camp during the World Cup. One player the Manchester United striker may be looking to influence is that of Ross Barkley.

There are obvious geographical similarities between Rooney and Barkley as the two scousers have both made a name at the beginning of their careers at Everton

More than that, Barkley's body build is a like for like comparison to Rooney. A tall, strong frame in which he ignites an attacking spark from a dangerous area, Barkley's play is reminiscent to his England team-mate. 

Whilst Rooney was deployed as an out and out striker, he has since moved into the hole behind the front man. Ross Barkley was played in the exact role in the 2-2 draw against Ecaudor and was showing what he has to offer in Brazil. His endeavour and skill on the ball accompanied by his powerful nature made him a handful for South-American side.

Barkley was given the nod ahead of many experienced England internationals by Roy Hodgson and the manager will want to be repaid by his faith in the youngster. His superb season for Everton saw him bag seven goals accompanied by some excellent performances against the big clubs.

On the face of it, Barkley does not seem to be fazed by the pressure put upon his broad shoulders; in fact he looks to carry it with ease. 

One thing is for sure, England fans will be hoping that Barkley does not follow in the footsteps of Rooney's poor goalscoring form in World Cups, 0 goals in 2 tournaments is not good enough for one of England's most prolific finishers.

As Ross Barkley begins to shine in the lime-light, the 20-year-old must ground-himself as he enters the stage and carry on playing his own game.

Yet it's hard to stop fans believing that he really could be the one who unlike Rooney, will go onto light up a World Cup with the Three Lions.

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch