Chelsea star is exactly what England needed at World Cup, says Marcos Alonso

first_img REVEALED Barkley’s England career is back on track LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 2 And Alonso, who featured in the defeated Spanish side, says Barkley offers something England lacked at the World Cup.“Even at the World Cup England, despite playing well, were aware that they didn’t really have that kind of player, someone in the middle who played and made others play, who used the ball,” Alonso said.“He’s a great player. He showed it not just today but against Croatia [last Friday] too: he showed that he can be a great player. I hope he keeps improving and that he helps us at Chelsea to stay near the top.” The 24-year-old opened his Chelsea account against Southampton Barkley, 24, returned to the England squad for the first time in over two years for the Nations League fixtures against Croatia and Spain.The midfielder made only five appearances for the Blues last campaign due to recurring hamstring problems, but this term he is thriving under the influence of new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.Alonso added: “Last year he had a long time out injured, the first year with us at Chelsea and I have no doubt that with confidence and minutes he is a great player and I hope that he can help us a lot for the rest of the season.”Blues sensation Eden Hazard has also sung Barkley’s praises in recent weeks, claiming he can become one the the ‘best midfielders in the world’. huge blow RANKED MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade no dice center_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Marcos Alonso believes his Chelsea team-mate Ross Barkley can fill the gap in England’s midfield.Barkley impressed in Monday night’s thrilling 3-2 Nations League victory over Spain, playing the crucial pass for the Three Lions’ ultimately-decisive third goal. 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img