There have been several suggestions that England manager Roy Hodgson would consider taking Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who is having a tremendous campaign with the blues, for the World Cup 2014. However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out a warning for Hodgson says that there is little substitute for experience and that the former Liverpool manager should stick with taking the experienced campaigners for this World Cup. He says that Barkley should be given opportunity to impress in the qualification rounds before being taken for the grand stage.
Wenger has himself seen the negative experiences of taking a player to sound. This happened with his first start Theo Walcott who went to the World Cup 2006 as a teenager. Even though he never played in the tournament, Walcott has never been able to fulfil his potential since then. Wenger says that the pressure of a World Cup is too huge for young shoulders to handle. The 20-year-old Barkley will be one of the players to watch when Arsenal visit Goodison Park for a crunch match this weekend.
Everton could get a significant advantage in the top spot race with a win over the gunners, who are just a couple of points ahead.
“For me Barkley has a big impact this season. He is one of the top young English players I have seen in my time here, it is difficult to rank him but he is one of the best I have seen. He has made a big step forward because he has gone from being a young hope to convincing everybody that he has huge potential and talent and that he can have a huge impact on big games. It is good that he is not guaranteed a World Cup place,” said Wenger, whose team defeated Everton earlier in the campaign.