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Monday 21 August 2017

Phil Jagielka: 'Barkley can shine again'

Everton's Ross Barkley
Everton's Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley is finally getting back to last season's swashbuckling form and Phil Jagielka believes his Everton team-mate can become an England star if he bides his time.

The 21-year-old Barkley was one of few bright spots in a miserable summer for England. Things have gone slightly awry for the playmaker since the World Cup, however, given his struggles to scale the same heights with Everton.

International team-mate and club captain Jagielka knows it has not been the easiest season for the midfielder, but has backed him to kick on and repay England manager Roy Hodgson's faith ahead of tomorrow night's Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania.

"Hopefully when he gets that chance to play two or three games on the spin, that is his chance to keep the shirt and make it much harder for someone to take it off him," Jagielka said.

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