Harry Redknapp has backed Ross Barkley to regain his England place and become an international star “for many years to come”.
The former West Ham United, Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur manager says that Barkley is one of the players he enjoys watching the most in the Premier League.
Barkley, with five goals to his name this season, is in excellent form and this week spoke about how much he is thriving under the tutelage of manager Ronald Koeman
For England, Barkley has so far won 22 senior caps, scoring twice against San Marino and Lithuania in the autumn of 2015.
“I’m a great Ross Barkley fan,” Redknapp, who came close to landing the England manager’s job in 2012, exclusively told evertonfc.com.
“If you are an England manager, he’s one of the players you build your team around. I absolutely love watching him play - he has got everything. Him and Dele Alli at Tottenham are two amazing young talents.
“For me, Ross is one of my favourite players. I think he’s a great talent. I’m sure he will be an Everton and England player for many years to come.”
Two of Barkley’s 26 Everton goals to date were against Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers side in January and December of 2014.
“I think he’s got great ability, great strength, the lot,” Redknapp added. “I hear people talking about what he can’t do but, let me tell you, the things he can do are just amazing.”