Evertonís rising young star Barkley reveals Wayne Rooney as his idol
Ross Barkey has attracted a lot of attention from the football community as of late, and for right reasons. The young midfielder is showing signs of being world class talent in his maiden season in Everton’s starting lineup. Barkley, who has established himself as a regular in Everton’s lineup, claims to be using former Everton star Wayne Rooney as his source of inspiration.
The 20-year-old is hoping for a Champions League qualification for Everton and a place in England’s squad for the 2014 World Cup. Barkley, who used to play sparsely under former Everton manager David Moyes, has played an important role in Everton’s success this season.
Barkley has been bred up along the lines of Rooney’s pre-Manchester United career. Just like Rooney, Barkley was born in Liverpool and raised in Everton’s youth academy. However, it’s the arrival of Roberto Martinez that has allowed Barkley to become a rising star.
After making his debut for England in the World Cup qualifier against Moldova in September, Barkley went on to acquire two more caps for the Three Lions. Now he has become one of the leading contenders for a youngster’s spot in Roy Hodgson’s attack for England.
Barkley claims he would love to join the England team and make an impact similar to what Rooney made at Euro 2004.
“That’s the thing every young player would want to do and that’s what I want to do, play the way he played,” Barkley told the Sunday Times. “He scored four [at Euro 2004] didn’t he? Knocked out against Portugal. That’s all everyone talked about all the time: Wayne Rooney. No fear, he just went out and played football. I’m focusing on doing well for Everton and the World Cup can be a bonus if I’m picked.”
But before going to Brazil for the World Cup, Barkley is hoping he can help Everton acquire top four-position in the Premier League – something the Merseyside club hasn’t achieved since 2005.
“I think we’ve got to be looking at the top four because we’ve got a great squad. We should be going for those Champions League places. That’s where I want to be playing,” Barkley added.
“We have older heads and youthful players who aren’t afraid to try things. That’s the mix you want. Martinez’s style is paying off. We go into every game believing that we can win -- and everyone plays possession football, even the goalkeeper. The team’s got no fear.”