Ian Wright argues Everton's Ross Barkley should play for England ahead of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney

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Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes Everton's Ross Barkley should start ahead of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney for England.

Ian Wright has told ITV Sport, after England's match against Lithuania, that Everton's Ross Barkley should start ahead of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney at Euro 2016, if he continues his current form.

Barkley was on the scoresheet as England comfortably beat Lithuania 3-0 on Monday night, taking his tally of goals in his last 14 appearances to five.

It has been a very productive period for the youngster, and Wright feels that he offers more than Rooney in the creative forward role at present. 

"I'd play him further forward, in the number 10 role," he said. "The form of Wayne at the minute isn't ideal and if Barkley can continue his form, he should play there."

Rooney has been a little off colour for Manchester United so far, and there is pressure starting to mount on him, even though he has recently broken the all-time England goalscoring record.

Rooney has netted just once in the Premier League this term, with his displays often falling short of his usual high standards. 

Barkley, meanwhile, is starting to flourish at Everton, with the 21-year-old seemingly back on track after enduring a testing 2014/15 campaign.

The attacking midfielder has become a key source of creativity for the Toffees, and his form has helped Roberto Martinez's side to piece together an impressive opening to their top-flight quest. 

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