first_img Barkley has been given plenty of game time under Sarri LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ADVICE Ross Barkley is optimistic his performances for Chelsea will earn an England recall on Thursday.The 24-year-old has thrived under new Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri and hopes to be named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for this month’s matches with World Cup finalists Croatia and Spain. huge blow After a series of seasons interrupted by injury, including last term on joining Chelsea from Everton in January, Barkley believes he is improving under Sarri.“His style of play really suits mine,” Barkley added.“As the season goes on I’ll show a lot more what I’m capable of, I’ll start to score a lot more and assist a lot more.”Barkley says he is benefiting from Sarri’s attention to detail, the 59-year-old former banker meticulous in his approach and preparation.“Over the years I haven’t really been coached much. Right now I’m ready to understand every aspect of the game,” Barkley said.“You only need to be around him for half-an-hour to understand how intelligent he is.“He prepares for each game and each opponent really well. You can understand how much he loves the game.” BEST OF 2 REVEALED MONEY RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won center_img Barkley could then feature for Chelsea in Thursday night’s Europa League Group L tie with Hungarian champions Vidi at Stamford Bridge.“I’m playing a big role in the side at the minute and I believe my performances show I’m capable of being in the England squad, hopefully,” said Barkley, who missed out on England’s World Cup squad.Mateo Kovacic has been preferred to Barkley of late in the Premier League, but the England midfielder started the Europa League win at PAOK and the Carabao Cup success at Liverpool.“The amount of games I’ve played, I’m ready to be called up,” Barkley added.“I’ve just got to do what I can for Chelsea and hopefully that will take care of itself with the national team.”Southgate last month outlined his desire for a creative midfielder in the mould of Paul Gascoigne, something which might have attracted Barkley’s attention given prior comparisons made between the two players. REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Barkley has put himself in contention for an international recall silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade last_img read more