Ross Barkley is an English International footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Premier League club Chelsea and the England national team.
Barkley began his professional career at Everton in 2010. After loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United, he became a regular in their team, playing 179 total games and scoring 27 goals for Everton.
He signed for Chelsea in a five-and-a-half-year contract and was given the number 8 shirt in 2018 and so far, has won the FA Cup in 2018 and Europa League in 2019.
Barkley arrived in Chelsea with a wealth of experience for a player so young, having already made 150 Premier League appearances for Everton, as well as being named in England squads for both the World Cup and European Championships.
His versatility ensures he can play just behind the striker, in a deeper midfield role, or in an advanced wide position, with his ability to get on the ball and create chances one of the player’s biggest strengths.
After representing England through the younger age groups, Barkley earned his first senior cap in 2013 when he came on in a World Cup qualifier against Moldova at Wembley. The midfielder was subsequently named in the squad for the finals and came off the bench in England's opening game, a 2-1 defeat to Italy. He then completed the full game as the Three Lions drew 0-0 against Costa Rica in their final match of the tournament.
Barkley scored his first international goal in a 6-0 Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino, and although he was selected in the squad for the finals, he didn't feature.
Barkley missed out on selection for the 2018 World Cup squad but his impressive early-season form at club level led to an international recall for the UEFA Nations League and he started every game, including the memorable away win against Spain, as England topped their group to reach the finals.