Tipped by several former England stars including Alan Shearer to be a star for his country in the future, 20-year-old Everton sensation Ross Barkley will look to announce himself as an England hero this summer. His long World Cup betting odds and lack of experience will be a hindrance, but Barkley will be a serious betting tip within both England's top scorer markets and individual player betting markets should he feature regularly.
Barkley joined Everton as an 11-year-old in 2005 to play within the youth sides, before a Premier League debut awaited at an early stage in his career. However, his maiden senior start was delayed after his leg was broken in three places following a collision with Liverpool's Andre Wisdom during an England under-19 match in October 2010.
That eagerly-awaited debut at the start of the 2011/12 season with the Toffees saw Barkley's talents warrant a man of the match performance during a 1-0 victory against Queens Park Rangers, signing a four-and-a-half-year contract which was interloped by a short loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday during which he netted four goals in 13 appearances.
Four loan games at Leeds during 2013 also proved a distraction, but Barkley's finest hours came during the recently-concluded 2013/14 Premier League season during which he was a regular showing for Everton as they fought for Champions League qualification, Barkley opening the season with his first Premier League goal against Norwich.
Several man of the match performances soon placed him in the cross hairs of Roy Hodgson for an England spot, and by the end of the season the 20-year-old notched up seven goals in all competitions including a fabulous solo goal from his own half against Newcastle, plus a wondrous strike from distance against eventual title winners, Manchester City.
Three senior appearances for England show on Barkley's CV, four of those during World Cup qualifiers during which the Scouse youngster holds no goals, but much-needed experience in preparation for the summer ahead.
Ross Barkley World Cup Betting Tips
Although potentially to start as an impact substitute in Group D, Barkley proved a Premier League sensation for Everton following his England outings. His pace and attacking determination to go forward at all times will make him an individual goalscorer market choice, while his free-kick and homed finishing ability now make his longer player betting odds look very tempting indeed.