Luton Town difference-maker vs Newcastle United revealed as England recall proposed

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Luton Town talisman Ross Barkley rolled back the years to put in a man-of-the-match performance against Newcastle United

Jermaine Jenas believes Ross Barkley should be on the cusp of an England recall after his Newcastle United showing.

A goal and an assist against the Magpies almost snatched Luton Town an unlikely win at St James’ Park. Signed on a free transfer last summer, Barkley is enjoying a resurgence at Kenilworth Road, with his career at the top level looking over a year ago.

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The 30-year-old was one of England’s brightest prospects but his opportunities stuttered after joining Chelsea in 2018. Moves to Aston Villa and Nice also failed to work out but Barkley is born again under Rob Edwards.

He bagged Luton’s second equaliser - having started the move from deep - and set up Elijah Adebayo for their fourth. The last of Barkley’s 33 England caps came in 2019 and, speaking to Match of the Day, former Newcastle midfielder Jenas backed him for an international return.

“He (Barkley) was outstanding,” Jenas said. “He didn’t just stand out, he really dominated that midfield today. Looking at Luton, and the improvement in themselves, him playing in the deep-lying midfield position is what has helped transform the way they play.

“It’s the simple things. How comfortable he is at receiving the ball anywhere on the pitch. He’s the one they can go ‘get us going Ross’ and he played his role in getting them back in the game.

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“He was tenacious in midfield between old Barkley, when he was younger and used to drive through midfield, and new Barkley. He took his goal really well. There’s been a wake-up call. I think it’s something Gareth (Southgate) should be having a look at.”

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