Butland praises Barkley’s potential

England international goalkeeper Jack Butland has heaped the praise on Everton midfielder Ross Barkley after his impressive showing against Lithuania.

The Three Lions rounded up a perfect Euro 2016 qualification campaign with a 3-0 win in Vilnius on Monday, with Barkley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scoring alongside an own goal by Giedrius Arlauskis.

"We all knew he was going to be a great player, it was just how good," the Stoke City keeper said of the Toffees winger who now has two goals in 17 senior caps.

"He's shown in the last couple of years coming through the England sides and with Everton that he's got that ability, that vision to finish.

"He's a fantastic player and one who is going to just get better as he gets older. He's a brilliant asset to have in the squad. That's the kind of quality we've got in this team."

Barkley and Butland were part of a makeshift line-up fielded by Roy Hodgson with qualification already assured, but the 22-year-old was delighted with their performance.

"It's a great way to finish off the qualifying campaign – 20 out of 10, and it was a very solid performance tonight," he added. "I loved every minute and it's always an honour and a proud moment for me to represent my country."

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