Phil Jagielka Backing Ross Barkley To Thrive At The World Cup

Everton skipper Phil Jagielka has declared that Ross Barkley will thrive at the World Cup for England.

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Jagielka and Barkley are part of a Blues quartet which began their tournament preparations on Monday, with Leighton Baines and standby John Stones also set to attend a training camp in Portugal.

Jagielka said: “Ross is a fantastic player and he’s obviously very frustrating to play against because he’s got a tremendous amount of ability.

“I’m not 100 per cent sure what role he’ll have during the World Cup but I’m sure it will be a very important one, whether it be starting or coming off the bench.

“He’s grown not only as a player but as a person over these last 12 months and you can see the confidence playing pretty much week in and week out has given him. That has helped his game develop.

“But he’s only 20-years-old and we shouldn’t get too carried away. Hopefully there are a lot of international appearances ahead for Ross.”

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