Everton midfielder Ross Barkley was in outstanding form as England secured qualification for Euro 2016 with a 6-0 thrashing of minnows San Marino.
England boss Roy Hodgson opted for a mixture of first-team regulars and in-form Premier League stars for the trip to San Marino, with Jonjo Shelvey, Jamie Vardy and Barkley all included.
The Liverpool-born midfielder’s addition in the England set-up is thoroughly deserved, with his performances for the Toffees warranting all the praise which he has received in recent weeks.
His midfield partnership with Shelvey showed plenty of promise, and as the duo advanced further during the second period, they both started to have a huge impact in everything good about England’s play.
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As per the table above, Barkley excelled in a number of key attacking areas and contributed directly to two goals, firstly notching England’s third before teeing up Theo Walcott’s second on the night.
Aside from that, the 21-year-old successfully completed five take-ons and created a total of four chances for his teammates via key passes – more than anybody else on the pitch.
In possession, Barkley was superb as he made 93 touches and 74 accurate passes with a success rate of 86.5% - among the Three Lions’ best tallies over the course of the 90 minutes.
To complete a perfect midfield display, the 14-cap international never shied away from his defensive duties, completing two tackles and applying pressure on the rare occasions the hosts had the ball.
A number of pundits and onlookers had nothing but praise for Barkley, with Stan Collymore insisting on Twitter that there is a potential partnership between the Everton man and Shelvey in midfield.