& # 39; I turned 25 and became mine & # 39 ;: Ross Barkley believes he has finally grown up as an English player, but refuses to feel at ease due to the pressure of young stars
- Ross Barkley enjoyed the best performance of his 29-cap career in Podgorica
- He provided Michael Keane with assistance and then scored two own goals
- Barkley does not take anything for granted and recognizes that young stars will jump
- Barkley found his feet at Chelsea after his £ 15 million move from Everton
Ross Barkley believes he has finally grown up as an English player, but refuses to feel at ease because of the pressure exerted by the rising stars.
The Chelsea midfielder enjoyed the best performance of his 29-cap career in Podgorica, as he assisted Michael Keane and then scored two own goals. In a game with many candidates, Barkley was the man of the competition.
It was impossible to make a comparison with his mood when he left the stadium on Monday, compared to how he felt after the March 2017 international games. At that time he was the only member of the Gareth Southgate team who had never been in a minute played matches with Lithuania and Germany.
Ross Barkley believes he has grown up as an English player, but refuses to feel at ease
Now he is in control of his fortunes and will probably start the next game of England, the semi-final of the Nations League against the Netherlands in June. However, Barkley does not take anything for granted and acknowledges that the younger members of the squadron will jump if standards deteriorate.
& # 39; I never thought I would not play for my country, & # 39; said Barkley. & # 39; We are all going through difficult periods. I turned 25 and achieved my own goal and focused on improving the daily level. Hopefully I will continue to thrive. We can all improve.
& # 39; We are not in the game to accept where we are. We have to improve at club level – and at international level there is much room for improvement. You see how the young players have performed and how good they are. Declan Rice, Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
He delivered an assist for Michael Keane and then scored two own goals in Montenegro
& # 39; The whole week they were frightening in the training and the future is good. It was my best performance for England. I came up with the two goals and had a few goals, but the most important thing was to come here and put down a positive performance. & # 39;
After a slow start, Barkley found his feet at Chelsea after his £ 15 million move from Everton. There was a level of bitterness around the transfer – the Evertonians initially hoped he would stay at Goodison Park forever – but he says the switch was necessary.
& # 39; I have taken the step and it is good to challenge yourself, to win trophies and to improve as a player, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I will continue to work hard and it will come. I love my family and London alone, but I am in a totally different environment than Liverpool.
& # 39; I miss the company of my family, but it's how I drive as a person and a player. It's good. & # 39;
Barkley does not take anything for granted and acknowledges that younger members of the squadron will pop up as standards disappear, such as his Chelsea teammate Callum Hudson-Odoi