Former England under-20 coach Peter Taylor hails Ross Barkley's Gazza attributes, hopes for Kane partnership

Ross Barkley

The Sky Sports pundit has high hopes for the Everton midfielder.

It finally looks as though Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is living up to his potential for his club and country. The attacking midfielder has shown glimpses of his quality in the past but this season he has been doing so on a consistent basis.

He has already bettered his goal and assist tally from last season and is now a fully fledged member of the England team.

Tonight he will hope to be in action for Everton against Spain in an international friendly, where he can again showcase his talents on the international stage.

One man who is a big fan is his former England under-20 coach Peter Taylor.

He has been speaking to Sky Sports News today (13/11/2015) about the Everton star, who he believes can form a lethal partnership with Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane for England.

He stated:

"I had Ross at the under-20s. He's a very talented player. He is definitely better closer to the opponents goal than he is your own goal. Because at times he wants to go back to deep to get the ball off the centre halves and sometimes he takes a bit of a gamble in areas that are a bit too close to your own goal.

"Very good finisher, very good dribbler, very strong. He is so like Paul Gascoigne it is amazing.

"For me he would be the perfect number 10. Two young players, Harry Kane at number nine, Ross Barkley at number 10. That's what friendlies are all about."

Barkley of course faces a battle to get into the England team, as well as Kane, with Wayne Rooney still the England captain.

But the hope remains that he can go on to become as big a hero for his nation as Paul Gascoigne was in the 1990s.

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