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Ross Barkley
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Personal information
Full name Ross Barkley
Date of birth 5 December 1993 (1993-12-05) (age 28)
Place of birth    Wavertree, Liverpool, Flag of England England
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Flag of England Aston Villa (on loan from Chelsea)
Number 20
Youth clubs
2005–2010 Flag of England Everton
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
Flag of England Everton
Flag of EnglandSheffield Wednesday (loan)
Flag of EnglandLeeds United (loan)
Flag of England Chelsea
Flag of EnglandAston Villa (loan)
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National team
Flag of England England U16
Flag of England England U17
Flag of England England U19
Flag of England England U20
Flag of England England U21
Flag of England England
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033 00(6)

Ross Barkley (born 5 December 1993) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Aston Villa, on loan from Chelsea and the England national team. He has also played for Everton, and had been loaned to Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United.

Club career

Ross Barkley joined Everton as an 11-year old and played for the club's youth teams. He was named as a substitute in a first team league game in early 2010–11, and was expected to make his Premier League debut before his leg was broken in three places after a collision with Liverpool's Andre Wisdom during an England under-19 match in October 2010.

He recovered from his injury in time to join the first team for pre-season training before the beginning of 2011–12. During pre-season, Tim Cahill heralded Barkley as the most talented footballer he had worked with. He made his debut in Everton's first game of the season, a 1–0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers, and was named man of the match by Radio City Sport. His early performances were highly praised, with Martin Keown predicting that "[Barkley will] be one of the best players we'll ever see in this country." He signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract in December 2011.

On 14 September 2012, Barkley joined Sheffield Wednesday on a one-month loan deal making his debut the same day in an away defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion. He scored his first goal for the club, a penalty, against Bolton Wanderers the following week. His loan was extended before he was recalled by Everton after playing thirteen games for Wednesday. He again went out on loan, this time to Leeds United for an "initial one-month stint", in January 2013 and made his debut for Leeds in a derby match against Barnsley.

Barkley rejoined the Everton first team for the 2013–14 season, and scored his first goal for the club on the opening day in a 2–2 draw against Norwich City, and was later named man of the match. During the first half of the season, Barkley put in several man-of-the-match performances, notably against Arsenal and Swansea City – the latter whom he scored the winner against. He received praise from many pundits including Alan Hansen who said Barkley has absolutely everything and Gary Lineker who claimed he is a star in the making and a prodigious talent. Club manager Roberto Martínez described Barkley as a mix of Paul Gascoigne and Michael Ballack.

Barkley did not feature for Everton in his final season with the club, having been sidelined with a long-term hamstring injury.

Barkley presented to Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge following his move from Everton. On 5 January 2018, Barkley joined Premier League club Chelsea for a fee of £15 million, signing a five-and-a-half-year contract with the defending champions.

International career

Barkley has represented England at under-16, under-17, under-19, under-20, under-21 and senior level. He was first called up for the under-16 level in September 2008, aged 14.

He was selected to play in the 2009 Montaigu Tournament and captained the team to success, beating Germany 2–1 on penalties in the final. He also helped England win the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship with two goals en route to the final where England beat Spain 2–1. Barkley was called up to the England U-21 squad in August 2011.

On 28 May 2013, he was named in manager Peter Taylor's 21-man squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He made his debut on 16 June, in a 3–0 win in a warm-up game against Uruguay.

He scored his first goal for England under-21's on 13 August 2013, in a 6–0 win against Scotland.

Barkley was called up to the senior England squad in August 2013, and earned his first senior cap the following month, coming on as a substitute for Jack Wilshere in a 4–0 win in a World Cup qualifier against Moldova at Wembley.

Personal life

Barkley grew up in the Wavertree area of Liverpool.

External links

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England – 2014 FIFA World Cup – Group stage

1. Hart 2. Johnson 3. Baines 4. Gerrard (c) 5. Cahill 6. Jagielka 7. Wilshere 8. Lampard 9. Sturridge 10. Rooney 11. Welbeck 12. Smalling 13. Foster 14. Henderson 15. Chamberlain 16. Jones 17. Milner 18. Lambert 19. Sterling 20. Lallana 21. Barkley 22. Forster 23. Shaw

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England – UEFA Euro 2016 – Round of 16

1. Hart 2. Walker 3. Rose 4. Milner 5. Cahill 6. Smalling 7. Sterling 8. Lallana 9. Kane 10. Rooney 11. Vardy 12. Clyne 13. Forster 14. Henderson 15. Sturridge 16. Stones 17. Dier 18. Wilshere 19. Barkley 20. Alli 21. Bertrand 22. Rashford 23. Heaton