Leon Osman: 'Ross Barkley can produce best form at World Cup'

Everton's Ross Barkley celebrates after scoring the opening goal against QPR during their FA Cup third round match on January 4, 2013
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Leon Osman believes that Everton teammate Ross Barkley can step up for England if he is selected to play at the World Cup.

Leon Osman has insisted that Everton teammate Ross Barkley can produce his best form at the World Cup if he is selected by Roy Hodgson.

Barkley is expected to be named in the England squad for this summer's tournament, and Osman has backed the 20-year-old to replicate his club form for his country should he be given a spot ahead of other midfielders.

"If he gets the call, I'm absolutely convinced he will do very well," The Telegraph quotes Osman as saying. "He is a level-headed young man and although he is still learning he has shown over the last few weeks what he is capable of producing.

"If he has the belief behind him, who knows what could happen on the bigger stage?"

Barkley has won three caps for England.

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