Ross Barkley believes he will soon be back in the England fold after a good start to the new season. The midfielder risked becoming a forgotten man for his country, last playing for England in 2016.
He was of Roy Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016 but never made it onto the field and has not been part of Gareth Southgate’s plans since he took charge of the national team. Mostly that was because Barkley spent most of last season injured, restricted to just four appearances for Chelsea last season.
However, under new coach Maurizio Sarri, Barkley has regained fitness and has started the new campaign well. Southgate will soon name his squad for games against Croatia and Spain next month and Barkley is hopeful of an England recall.
He told the Daily Mail: “I have got a platform. I’m at a massive club in Chelsea and we are going to challenge for all the titles this season. I believe that. “I want to let my feet do the talking for my club and if that happens, I believe I will be back on the international scene sooner rather than later.
“I haven’t spoken to (Southgate). I’m sure he is focused on the squad he is picking.” Already this season Barkley has doubled his four appearances last campaign and, having played in midweek as Chelsea beat Liverpool in the EFL Cup, he will hope to be in Sarri’s plans as the teams meet again in the league at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Chelsea are 2.75 to win the game with Liverpool 2.50 and the draw is 3.50.
Liverpool are the only team with maximum points from their six games so far but Chelsea will leapfrog them with a win and could top the Premier League table on Saturday night depending on how Manchester City fare at home to Brighton.
Chelsea are 13.00 to win the Premier League title while they are 1.30 to finish in the top four.