Ross Barkley (born 5 December 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Premier League club Everton and the England national team. He has been at Everton his whole career but has played on loan for Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United when he was younger.
Barkley was born in Liverpool, Merseyside. He joined Everton as an 11-year-old and played for the club’s youth teams. He was named as a substitute in a first team league game in early 2010–11, and was expected to make his Premier League debut before his leg was broken in three places after a collision with Liverpool’s Andre Wisdom during an England under-19 match in October 2010.
On 14 September 2012, Barkley joined Sheffield Wednesday on a one-month loan deal making his debut the same day in an away defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion. He scored his first goal for the club, a penalty, against Bolton Wanderers the following week. His loan was extended before he was recalled by Everton after playing 13 games for Wednesday. He again went out on loan, this time to Leeds United for an “initial one-month stint.” Barkley rejoined the Everton first team for the 2013–14 season. He scored his first goal for the club on the opening day in a 2–2 draw against Norwich City, and was later named man of the match. During the first half of the season, Barkley put in several man-of-the-match performances, notably against Arsenal and Swansea City – the latter whom he scored the winner against. He received praise from many pundits including Alan Hansen who said Barkley has absolutely everything and Gary Lineker who claimed he is a star in the making and a prodigious talent.
On 29 July 2014, Barkley signed a new contract with Everton, keeping him at the club until 2018. Before the start of the 2014–15 season he suffered an injury to his medial collateral ligament, and did not play until 18 October 2014, setting up Romelu Lukaku’s goal in a 3–0 home league win over Aston Villa. He scored his first goal of the season in a 3–1 win over Queens Park Rangers on 15 December.
Barkley started the 2015–16 season with goals in Everton’s first two league games. Barkley was eligible to represent both England and Nigeria as he has a Nigerian grandfather. Barkley opted to represent his country of birth. He has represented England at under-16, under-17, under-19, under-20, under-21 and senior level.
Barkley was called up to the senior England squad in August 2013, and earned his first senior cap the following month, coming on as a substitute for Jack Wilshere in a 4–0 win in a World Cup qualifier against Moldova at Wembley. He was named in the England squad for the World Cup Finals in Brazil, and made his World Cup debut as a 61st-minute substitute for Danny Welbeck in England’s 2–1 opening defeat to Italy in Manaus. He played the full match in England’s final group game, a 0–0 draw with Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte. He scored his first goal for the senior team in a 6–0 win against San Marino in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying fixture in September 2015.

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