Pundit Ian Wright heaped tremendous praise on Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley following his England performance in the win over Czech Republic on Friday.
The Three Lions romped to a 5-0 victory at Wembley in the first group stage match of the European Championship qualifiers.
Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick to continue his remarkable form this season, while captain Harry Kane netted and Chelsea loanee Tomas Kalas was unfortunate to concede an own goal.
Ex-England international Wright focused on Barkley after the qualifier and was impressed by his contribution to Gareth Southgate’s side.
The central midfielder was introduced off the bench after just 17 minutes following an injury to Eric Dier and quickly picked up the speed of the game by adding an extra creative force.
“Some great touches today, he got on the ball and was attacking,” Wright said on ITV 1’s televised coverage of England (9:55pm, 22 March).
“He was running with it and making things happen, he was very good today and made a difference.”
Barkley proved in an England shirt that he’s got the qualities to succeed as an attacking midfielder and made some aggressive bursts forward against Czech Republic.
The 25-year-old showed great vision and composure, but those are not terms associated with his first season at Stamford Bridge.
He’s scored five goals and supplied five assists for Chelsea this campaign across all competitions, but is not a permanent starter in Maurizio Sarri’s team and often goes missing in games for his club.
Barkley certainly did make an impact for England with some great confidence on the ball and he could yet still play an important role during the remainder of Chelsea’s season if he can replicate that.