Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte has warned the Blues new signing, Ross Barkley that he would need to prove himself consistently if he wants to be named in the England squad for the FIFA World Cup later this year.
The 24 years old joined the Blues from Everton earlier this month after telling the Toffees he wants to join a bigger club last summer. He has however, been getting used to his new surrounding and made his debut in their Carabao Cup semifinal loss to Arsenal.
Barkley underperformed in that game against the Gunners and could not do better in his next match against Bournemouth, a game that Chelsea lost 3-0 at home.
These performances have raised the question of whether he is good enough to play at a top club or for England in the World Cup. Antonio Conte regardless rates the England midfielder very highly, insisting that Barkley has the quality to play on any top club.
Barkley has just recovered from a long term injury that saw him miss the first half of this season before joining the Blues despite interest from Tottenham. One of Barkley’s reasons for leaving Everton was to play in the Champions League and compete for honours, he would be hoping the Blues can have a long run in the Champions League this season.