Schneiderlin tips Barkley for the top as he helps Everton cruise
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Ross Barkley has been tipped to become "one of the greatest players in England" by his Everton colleague Morgan Schneiderlin.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate was among the onlookers at Goodison Park on Saturday as midfielder Barkley stated his case for inclusion in Thursday's England squad by starring in the Toffees' 3-0 success over West Brom - the goals coming from Kevin Mirallas, Schneiderlin and Romelu Lukaku.
The 23-year-old has not been on his country's squad list since last summer's Euro 2016 and has even had a public dose of tough love from his club boss Ronald Koeman earlier this season.
However, in Schneiderlin, who was recruited from Manchester United in January, Barkley already has a fan.
"Ross is a very, very good player," he said. "He's a player who has every quality to be one day one of the greatest players in England. He has this special thing in him, a very nice technique and for me it's easy to play with players who understand football like I understand football - to make those passes, those movements, it's a joy.
Barkley has long been touted as one of the country's finest young talents but his trajectory since making his Everton bow six years ago has not quite met those expectations.
Southgate will have seen his ability and improved form at the weekend and were he to ask Schneiderlin, he would have an emphatic response to the question of whether Barkley should return to the England fold.
"I think of course he will be in the squad," the Frenchman said.
"I'm not the manager but he deserves to be there and show what he can do."