Despite having a tough last 18 months, Ross Barkley’s career looks back on track.

He suffered a terrible hamstring injury at Everton which meant he saw limited playing time after joining Chelsea in January 2018.

But after a successful preseason under new manager Maurizio Sarri, Barkley looks almost back to his best.

He’s been splitting playing time with Mateo Kovacic in the third spot in Sarri’s three-man midfield.

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And he rewarded the managers faith in him with his first goal for Chelsea in their 3-0 win over Southampton.

Because of his performances, Barkley returned to the England squad for the first time since May 2016.

Gareth Southgate even named him as a starter for their vital Nations League clash with Croatia.

And although the game was played behind closed doors, Barkley seized his opportunity.

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He showed some of the confidence that Sarri has instilled in him, looking comfortable on the ball.

And in contrast to Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson’s performances – his midfield partners – Barkley impressed fans.

So, here’s how Chelsea fans reacted to the former Everton player’s performance for the Three Lions:

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