Former Nottingham Forest and Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has written in The Mirror that Everton attacking midfielder Ross Barkley should play like ex-Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United star Paul Gascoigne.
Gascoigne, who played for Tottenham, Newcastle and Rangers among other clubs, is one of the greatest players in England history.
The former Spurs and Newcastle midfielder was one of the most gifted players of his generation.
Former Forest and Liverpool striker Collymore believes that Everton youngster Barkley can follow in the footsteps of Gascoigne and has advised him to have more self-belief on the pitch.
“Paul Gascoigne used his pure talent and belief to run games from midfield for England - and I want to see Ross Barkley starting to do the same,” the former England international wrote in The Mirror.
“There were glimpses of a real understanding between Everton man Barkley and his midfield partner, Jonjo Shelvey, against San Marino.
“But too often, particularly in the first half, Barkley sat too deep when he should have been pushing on and running the game in the manner that Gazza used to.”
Collymore was referring to Barkley’s performance for England against San Marino away from home in the Euro 2016 Group E qualifier on Saturday evening.
The 21-year-old started the encounter and played for the entire 90 minutes, and he did give a good account of himself.
However, Barkley could have done more, and he should be looking to impose himself on matches and be more assertive.
The Everton youngster is very talented, and he must believe in himself and tell himself that he can be one of the best in the world.