Ross Barkley (born 5 December 1993) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Everton in the Premier League and the England under-21 national football team.
Barkley joined Everton as an 11-year old and played for the club's youth teams. He was named as a substitute in a first team league game in early 2010–11, and was expected to make his Premier League debut before his leg was broken in three places after a collision with Liverpool's Andre Wisdom during an England under-19 match in October 2010. Prior to the injury, he had been an unused substitute against Newcastle United in September.
He recovered from his injury in time to join the first team for pre-season training before the beginning of 2011–12. He made his debut in Everton's first game of the season, a 1–0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers, and was named man of the match by Radio City Sport. His early performances were highly praised, with Martin Keown predicting that "[Barkley will] be one of the best players we'll ever see in this country."
Barkley has represented England at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 level. He was first called up for the under-16 level in September 2008, aged 14. He is also eligible to play for Nigeria.
He was selected to play in the 2009 Montaigu Tournament and captained the team to success, beating Germany 2–1 on penalties in the final. He also helped England win the2010 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship with two goals on route to the final where England beat Spain 2–1. Barkley was called up to the England U-21 squad in August 2011.
Another Merseysider lad for United. Well did not have the chance to see him play for Everton yet. But the talents scout reports regarding this 17 years old boy are very impressive. For now I would choose Jack Rodwell as he suited United style very well. Rodwell more like Keano style. Very commanding in the midfield. Losing Arteta to Arsenal seemed a headache for Moyes. But actually he had a lot of talent at his disposal waiting to shine. Maybe Arteta would not be missing so much when Barkley make his marked in the league.
I think he is a good buy for United.