Ross Barkley admits he has been studying Euro performances of this ex-England great

Ross Barkley

The Everton midfielder is hoping to emulate Paul Gascoigne's Euro 96 exploits in France this summer.

Ross Barkley has revealed to FourFourTwo that he has been studying the dazzling performances of former England great Paul Gascoigne at Euro 96 as he looks to emulate those exploits at this summer's tournament in France, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

Barkley is likely to be a prime contender to start in Roy Hodgson's midfield at Euro 2016 after arguably his most successful individual domestic season to date.

Despite Everton's disappointing campaign, Barkley has scored 14 goals in 53 appearances for club and country, although he has not found the net since late February.

The 22-year-old already has 21 senior caps for the Three Lions to his name, and boasts past experience of having played at a major tournament after featuring in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Barkley's style of play has been likened to Gascoigne's by some pundits, and the young Toffees star admitted to FourFourTwo that he is flattered by that comparison.

Barkley said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo: "It means a lot that people say that [I’m like Gascoigne]. Gazza is a legend of English football because of the type of player he was.

"I’ve watched clips of him playing against the Netherlands and Scotland, because I like the way he played. He was unbelievable in that tournament. He was the complete player.

"He liked being on the ball, he liked dribbling, and he scored some unbelievable goals. It’s similar to what I like to do. I don’t deliberately look to play like anyone else, though."

Before he can turn his attention to England duty, Barkley has three games of domestic duty with Everton remaining as Roberto Martinez's side look to avoid back-to-back bottom-half finishes.

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