Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley hopes Villa move can earn Euro call

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Ross Barkley had admitted he joined Aston Villa to boost his England hopes.

The Chelsea midfielder has moved to Villa Park on a season-long loan after falling down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

The summer arrivals of Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech, plus the presence of Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Christian Pulisic, left Ross Barkley facing up to a bit-part role.

The 26-year-old has started just 28 Premier League games since arriving from Everton in 2018 and, with the European Championships next year, he wants to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s plans.

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“The last couple of years I’ve been stop-start, performing well and then being out of the team,” he said,

“To come here and have the chance to play and perform regularly is a big thing for me. With the Euros at the end of the season, it’s a big target for me and hopefully, I can be there.

“Dean Smith swayed me with the way he spoke to me, and it looks like it’s going to be an exciting season.”

Barkley is cup-tied for Thursday’s Carabao Cup visit of Stoke as Villa, beaten finalists last season, look to reach the last eight.

Jack Grealish has starred in Villa’s unbeaten start and Barkley revealed the skipper played a part in convincing him to come to Villa.

“We’re mates off the field,” he said. “We’ve spoken previously and I’m looking forward to playing with him.”

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