Ross Barkley feels more mature after two years in England wilderness

Tanya Simon
October 11, 2018

Fabinho remained on the bench as an unused substitute during Liverpool's 0-0 draw against Manchester City on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola's Man City ran away with it last season but early signs suggest we're going to see a far more competitive title race.

Meanwhile, Arsenal lost their first two Premier League fixtures under Unai Emery but have since won nine consecutive match in all competitions.

England do have the ability to compete with Croatia's recently crowned Federation Internationale de Football Association player of the year Luka Modric, insists Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley, who believes he can add a new dimension to the Three Lions on his worldwide return.

It took until the 62nd minute for both teams to register a shot on target as they cancelled each other out, before City were given a golden opportunity when Virgil van Dijk was adjudged to have upended Leroy Sane in the penalty area.

Their position in the table and an in-form Eden Hazard has inevitably prompted suggestions that the Blues could end up being one of the main challengers for the Premier League title this season.

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Evidently, Neville thinks it's still a two-horse race. Roberto Firmino has been helping me, as well as Alisson.

Croatia were then ordered to play their next two UEFA-sanctioned games at home behind closed doors and Friday's clash with England is the second of the two.

But alongside City, many have also put their money on Liverpool to challenge the defending champions and eight games into the new season that has proven to be true.

Before the players tested Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland in goal, they stretched off and performed a number of exercises in the gym. They have sneaked under the radar a bit and if Hazard keeps this form up you wouldn't rule them out being in the chase up until May. "I like their football but I've got a slight doubt about them".

"It was not smart from me personally and hopefully it will never happen again".

Southgate even invited Arsenal academy product Eddie Nketiah and Bristol City's Lloyd Kelly to train with the first team.

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