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The former Toffees manager points to a lack of quality options in midfield as being behind the youngster's call-up, the 19-year-old having debuted against Moldova

Former Everton manager Howard Kendall believes that Ross Barkley should not yet be playing for England, urging patience so as to avoid harming his development.

The 19-year-old has started the season in impressive fashion under new boss Roberto Martinez and made his international debut during Friday's 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Moldova.

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However, Kendall warns that Barkley needs time to improve his game and says that a lack of quality options from which Roy Hodgson can choose is a reason behind his early introduction to the top level.

He told The Daily Mail: "It's too early. He has to be consistent at league level over a period of time and then be judged. It's too early now.

"A factor, of course, is the limited supply of players for the England team so they're wishing him on and it's quicker than it should be. They're jumping him forward because of the number of foreign players but the boy needs patience - whoa.

"Everton have a great recruiting system but you don't know with boys," he continued.

"Are they going to be like Leon Osman - he's kept going and going and going - or Jack Rodwell? I felt he was superb. I liked Jack Rodwell. I don't know what his injuries are, or whether he's a midfield player or a defender. We don't know but he is a player if fit. How many games did he play last season?"

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