Everton ace Ross Barkley has taken on board Roy Hodgson’s criticism about his decision-making, vowing to learn from the mistakes pointed out by the England manager.
The 20-year-old’s performances have been one of the few positives in an otherwise dismal display by the Three Lions at the World Cup.
Barkley was one of just a handful of players to feature in all three games in Brazil, having impressed onlookers in the pre-tournament preparation matches.
The Everton prodigy was particularly impressive in the 2-2 draw with Ecuador in Miami yet Hodgson refused to join in the widespread praise after that match, speaking instead of his frustration at the midfielder’s poor decision-making.
“I took that on board,” Barkley said of that criticism.
“Obviously I’m a young lad and I’m going to make mistakes but I’ll learn from them and I know it’s costly making mistakes.
“Hopefully I’ve learned from it at the tournament and can take that into the new season and it will make me a better.
“Roy’s someone who you can talk to and you could see out on the pitch he has given us young lads the confidence to do well.”
Barkley revealed how those younger players within the squad have bonded over the course of their time together, growing particularly close to Luke Shaw, Jack Wilshere and Chris Smalling.
There is also the ever-exciting Raheem Sterling, with such players no doubt all playing a key role in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship in France.
“We won’t have any problems bouncing back,” Barkley said. “We’ve got time to do well for England. This is obviously a big disappointment but we’ve got to be positive.
“We’ve got plenty of tournaments coming up and we’ve determined to do well for England.
“We’ve got good young players some who didn’t even come to the tournament. We’ve got to be positive because next season we need to push on and do well in the qualifying for the Euros.”