Barkley's Big Ambitions
Young midfield man on excelling for Everton and the World Cup.
Ross Barkley hopes his sparkling start to the season can result in a place in England's World Cup squad.
The teenage midfielder has played every game for the Blues this season as well as making his senior international debut against Moldova.
He declared his joy at playing regularly for his boyhood team before revealing a major ambition which could well come to fruition should his top drawer performances continue.
Barkley said: “The main thing is I stay with the club I’m at, the team I support and the team I love, which is Everton.
“I love Everton and all I think about is playing for Everton.”
Roberto Martinez did not hesitate to give Barkley a chance to show that his outstanding promise had matured into bona fide Premier League quality and the Spaniard's judgement was instantly repaid with a goal on the opening day of the season at Norwich.
“He said he believes I am going to be a big player for Everton this season and for seasons to come,” revealed Barkley.
“The only way you learn is from mistakes and Roberto is allowing me to make them so I can learn from them. He’s giving me information about where not to make mistakes and where I can afford to take risks so I’m taking all of that on board.”
And what about a potential berth in the England World Cup squad - should the Three Lions make it to Brazil?
National coach Roy Hodgson has already dangled the carrot of football's greatest showcase in front of the ambitious 19-year-old.
“I have set my sights on the World Cup,” admitted Barkley. “It’s a goal for me. It will be hard, but through hard work hopefully I can get on the flight there.
“He [Hodgson] told me to keep working hard and keep doing what I have been doing since the start of the season and if there comes a time that, because I am young, I’m on the bench, don’t let your head go down.
“He believes in me. He has high hopes for me. He sees me being able to go to Brazil if I keep progressing as I have done since the start of the season.”