Peter Shilton waxes lyrical about Everton starlet Ross Barkley

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The England legend is a big fan of the midfielder.

Ross Barkley has been in the news this week after starring for England during their most recent international matches. He scored a deflected strike against Lithuania and was man-of-the-match in the game v Estonia the week previously.

It has caused much debate regarding his place in the England squad - particularly regarding whether England should start him or not.

Many have come out to have their say but his former loan boss at Leeds United Neil Warnock criticised him for his lack of defensive attributes.

Now, England's most-capped player Peter Shilton has contradicted Warnock's claims - suggesting Barkley is exactly what England need.

He told BBC Radio 4 earlier this week:

"Ross Barkley I think in particular has always been a favourite of mine. He is a typical young lad, he can be inconsistent and can make a few silly mistakes. But the most important thing is if you give him the ball often enough he is going to create something and he is going to score goals.

"Players like that you should be giving them the ball as often as you can. You know, he gets criticised for giving the ball away in wrong areas ans that type of thing.

"But hopefully if you give him the ball in the right part of the pitch, which is their last third, that is not ging to be that important."

It is great to hear of an England player willing to place their faith in the Everton talent.

Shilton played with the mercurial mavericks such as Paul Gascoigne, Glen Hoddle and Chris Waddle during his time in the England national team and it appears he knows that sometimes a mercurial nod such as giving the Everton man the reins might be the spark that brings glory to English football.

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