Ross Barkley
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Ross Barkley
Position:
Midfield
Caps:
5, England *
Signed from:
Everton Youth
Date signed:
08/12/10
Transfer fee:
Debut:
v QPR 2010/11
Contract duration:
4.5 years
Contract expires:
31/05/16
Born:
Liverpool
D.O.B:
05/12/93
Height:
6ft 2in
Nicknames:
* as at: 09/06/14

Liverpool-born Ross is a versatile midfielder who can also play in defence and attack. 

A box-to-box player, he is a tall and powerful member of the Everton Academy and an established member of the England youth set-up. 

Having been with the Blues since the age of 11, Ross represented England at Under-16 level seven times and scored twice, before moving up to the Under 17 age group early in the 2009/10 season. 

He made his first appearance for the Three Lions' Under-17s side against Kazakhstan in October 2009, and was also a part of England's victorious 2010 European Championship side in Liechtenstein in May 2010.

Barkley scored the only goal in a group stage victory over Greece in the tournament, and played a full 90-minutes in their 2-1 victory over Spain in the final to clinch England's first ever European Under-17 title.

The youngster sees his heading ability, tackling and his passing as his strengths, and cites Everton's first-team players Mikel Arteta and Tim Cahill as his idols at the Club.

In 2010/11, as a first year academy player, he played the first game of the season for the Blues' second string netting in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

He was named on the subs' bench for the home Premier League game against Newcastle in mid-September.