Phil Jagielka played the full 90 minutes in the England 1-1 draw in Italy , as Leighton Baines had the luxury of having the day off.
But it was Ross Barkley who had the manager giving him praise, despite only playing 35 minutes of the second half.
Roy Hodgson said: "He was fantastic. Both he and Townsend turned the game.
"I thought Barkley in particular was really, really good.
"Very brave, very courageous.
"He's prepared to get on the ball all the time, to take people on. He really is an outstanding young talent."
Joe Hart said: "Ross looked really dangerous tonight.
"They looked worried about him when he came on. The platform was created for him by a very strong back-four performance and Michael Carrick shielding us. Ross played with no fear and we need to encourage that in England. We need to back people like Ross Barkley.
"Obviously he has had difficult times of late, not playing to the standard we necessarily want from him, but he is a young guy - a real young guy - with so much talent and that's something we should really encourage."
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