Barkley: Eager to impress

Ross Barkley, the one Englishman to start Saturday’s game between the Blues and Arsenal, hopes his performances at club level will eventually lead to a recall for the national team.

The Chelsea midfielder featured as we edged a five-goal thriller against the Gunners to ensure maximum points from our opening two fixtures, with Barkley having started both games.

After performing well in our opening-day win at Huddersfield, the 24-year-old impressed again at the weekend and went close to scoring on a couple of occasions, first with a dipping left-footed drive which dropped just over the bar and then with an angled strike which was tipped around the post by Petr Cech.

‘I’ve just got to do what I can,’ said Barkley, after being asked if the fact he was the sole Englishman involved on Saturday provided a good chance of catching the eye of Gareth Southgate.

‘I’m still learning and giving 100 per cent in training, trying to learn the new manager’s methods. Hopefully with my performances on the pitch I’ll be in the thoughts of the England manager.'

‘Last season I had a difficult time with my injuries but that’s in the past now, I’m feeling really strong and I’m ready. Game by game I’ll be feeling even better and I’m feeling confident.’

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Turning his attention to the team as a whole, Barkley is delighted with the manner in which we have begun the new campaign.

‘It’s a brilliant start, it was a difficult game against Arsenal but the main thing was to get the three points,’ he said.

‘We’ve started the season really well and got six points from two games. We’re feeling really confident, we’re still learning under the new manager but things are looking positive.’

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