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‘England MUST build Euro 2016 around Ross Barkley’, says Three Lions legend Terry Butcher

first_imgFormer England captain Terry Butcher has urged Roy Hodgson to build his side around Everton starlet Ross Barkley as the boss begins his preparations for Euro 2016 next summer.The Everton starlet was one of the stand-out performers towards the end of the Three Lions’ qualification campaign, and seems guaranteed a place in the line-up for friendlies against Spain and France this week.Questions have been raised over the 21-year-old’s defensive work-rate, raising doubts over his future in Hodgson’s possession-based system when the likes of Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson return from injury, but ‘Captain Fantastic’ Butcher insists Barkley’s attacking qualities are too good to miss.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Butcher said: “Ross Barkley impressed in qualifying and he must play, Roy Hodgson must find a place for him in the team.“He’ll have to do a lot more defensive work, chasing and closing down, but it’s his work on the ball is his real quality.“I think he should play and that they should virtually build a team around him.”England travel to face Spain in Alicante on Friday, before hosting France at Wembley on Tuesday in the first group of friendly tests before next summer’s tournament.And after coming through their straightforward qualification group with a 100 per cent record, Butcher believes finally facing top quality opponents ahead of the championship will be vital for Hodgson’s men.“They’ll learn a lot more about each other and as a team in these games,” he added. “If they try to get on the ball and impress and try and do well against Spain and France it will give the players a lot of confidence ahead of the tournament.“It’s nice to play these big teams, because at the end of the day the qualification group was far too easy. You didn’t learn a lot about the England team from those games, they just qualified and made sure they went through.“Games like this will whet the appetite and, if we get a result, it’ll give the team and us confidence that England can do it.”last_img read more

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