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Ross Barkley hopes his impressive form is worthy of England recall

Maurizio Sarri has surprisingly selected Ross Barkley to start both of Chelsea’s fixtures so far this season.

The Englishman has used the opportunity to his advantage and nearly scored on multiple occasions in an impressive all-around performance on Saturday, as the Blues defeated Arsenal 3-2.

The 24-year-old also did well in the opening fixture against Huddersfield as he completed on 89 per cent of his passes in Chelsea’s 3-0 win.

Barkley was the lone Englishman involved against the Gunners and was asked if that fact provided Gareth Southgate a good enough reason to earn an England recall.

“I’ve just got to do what I can,” said Barkley.

“I’m still learning and giving 100 per cent in training, trying to learn the new manager’s methods. Hopefully, with my performances on the pitch, I’ll be in the thoughts of the England manager.

Barkley also lauded his team for earning the maximum six points in their first two matches.

“It’s a brilliant start, it was a difficult game against Arsenal but the main thing was to get the three points,” he said.

“We’ve started the season really well and got six points from two games. We’re feeling really confident, we’re still learning under the new manager but things are looking positive.”