Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has told FourFourTwo that he believes he and Dele Alli can form a successful partnership for England at Euro 2016 this summer which can last for years, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
Both Barkley and Spurs breakthrough star Alli have enjoyed hugely successful individual seasons, and the pair are regarded as two of the leading candidates to make up the Three Lions' central midfield in France in June.
The two players have several attributed in common, none more so than their combative style of play, and they have found themselves in similar roles for the respective clubs this season, serving as a chief creative force for their side.
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That has led to some suggestion that for England boss Roy Hodgson it may be a case of picking one or the other in his starting XI for this summer's tournament.
However, Barkley sees no reason why he and the 20-year-old cannot form a formidable partnership in the centre of the pitch this summer which can become integral to England's future.
The Toffees star told FourFourTwo, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo: "I feel more important to the squad now, and more confident when I go into England camps because I’ve played over 20 games. I think I’ve matured as a player since the World Cup.
"I definitely believe we [him and Alli] can play together if asked, in this tournament and in the future. It’s up to Roy what he sees in each game, whether he needs both of us, or one attacking midfielder with a bit of balance."
England's side has been billed by some pundits as one of the most exciting young teams to emerge for the country in recent years, and the performances of such stars as Barkley, Alli, and Harry Kane have bred hope that Hodgson's side can go far in France.