England midfielder Ross Barkley inspired by Paul Gascoigne 20 years on from Euro 96

“It means a lot when people compare me to Gazza”

Ross Barkley

It is something that is accepted happily by Barkley who stresses, though, that he wants to succeed in his own right.

Barkley said: “Yes, I’ve watched clips of him playing against Holland and Scotland because I like the way he played. He was unbelievable in that tournament.

“He was the complete player. He had no fear. He made everything tick and he ran with the ball, tackled players, created chances.

“It means a lot when people compare me to Gazza. He is a legend of English football because of the type of player he was.

“He liked being on the ball. He liked dribbling. And he scored some unbelievable goals. It’s similar to what I like to do.

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