Hodgson discusses how Everton feel about Ross Barkley, praises midfielder's England display

Ross Barkley

Roy Hodgson has hailed Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.

England manager Roy Hodgson has told Sky Sports that he was 'really pleased' with Ross Barkley's display in the 3-0 win over Lithuania.

Hodgson saw his England side coast to a 3-0 victory in Vilnius on Monday evening, as goals from Barkley, Harry Kane and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave the Three Lions an historic Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

With ten wins from ten, England have booked their trip to France next summer in fine fashion, and fans are now excited for the competition after that 100% record was guaranteed.

One of the key players on the night was midfielder Barkley, as the 21-year-old Everton star opened the scoring from long range, smashing the ball home from long range, with the aid of a deflection.

Now, many believe that Barkley should be given the chance to start for England at Euro 2016, with his potential clear for all to see - and manager Hodgson was full of praise for the player after the final whistle.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Hodgson felt that Barkley impressed against Lithuania as well as during the 2-0 win over Estonia on Friday, whilst he also admitted that Everton are 'really happy' with his performances for club and country this season.

"Ross Barkley, of course, had an excellent game at Wembley," said Hodgson. "We were really pleased to see him continue in that fine form, and the form he's actually been showing for Everton as well. I know that Everton are really happy with his performances," he added.

Barkley now needs to maintain those superb performances over the course of the season, with Everton manager Roberto Martinez hoping that the midfielder can make a huge contribution for the Toffees - and it's been a case of so far, so good for Barkley this term.

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