Everton's Ross Barkley likened to Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has been compared to Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, by the coach who mentored both players.

Barkley's 100th Everton appearance ended with a 2-1 victory over Reading in the League Cup, with the midfielder rifling in a stunning volley to draw level at the Madejski on Tuesday evening.

The 21-year-old Toffees star has started the season in impressive style, and the attacking midfielder looks to have shrugged off the poor form that dogged him and the side's campaign throughout last term's bottom-half finish.

Ex-Everton and current England coach Neil Dewsnip helped both Barkley and Rooney reach the Premier League, and the former PE teacher has watched on with pride as the United skipper has established himself as arguably the finest English player of his generation.

Rooney recently became the Three Lions' all-time top scorer - his second-half penalty in a 2-0 win against Switzerland earlier this month saw him edge above United legend Sir Bobby Charlton on 50 goals for his country - and Dewsnip recently met up with the Red Devils star to reflect on the player's rise to the top of the English game.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo after Barkley's 100th appearance for the Blues, Dewsnip explained how both the midfielder and Rooney are similar in how they have developed as elite professionals.

Dewsnip said: "Football personalities are formed quite young and you don’t change. At the last international get together I sat down with Wayne Rooney for a coffee and we talked about this.

“He has scored some fantastic goals for England and Manchester United but these were the same type of goals he was scoring aged 10, 11 and 12.

“It’s the same for Ross. His feet have always been absolutely fantastic and I still see the same type of turns and dribbles from him now that I did when he was a boy.

“He has scored some sensational goals, look at the one at Newcastle a couple of seasons ago when he was running through them, but we’d seen it all before with Ross when he was a youngster.

“He now feels he has confidence to do the things he did as a young player but on the big stage, at Goodison Park and at Wembley. He has no fear.”

Rooney has come under fire for his displays so far this term, and ex-Everton teenager is yet to score in the Premier League for Louis van Gaal's men.

However, the 29-year-old has netted six goals for club and country in all competitions.

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