CHELSEA boss Maurizio Sarri has already had a big influence on England international Ross Barkley.
That is according to Sky Sports pundit and former England midfielder Jamie Redknapp.
Barkley joined the Blues from Everton last January but struggled to gain a place in the side under Antonio Conte.
However, the 24-year-old has already played 11 games under Sarri since the Italian replaced compatriot Conte in the summer.
He was rewarded with a return to the England squad for the Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain.
Barkley started both games and speaking after the 3-2 win over Spain, Redknapp says the midfielder is starting to regain his confidence on the pitch.
“I spoke to him a couple of weeks ago after the Southampton game where he got man of the match,” Redknapp said.
“You can see he’s got that sparkle in his eye again.
“I think he’s learning a lot about the game under Sarri, I think he’s developing.
“When he went through and was one on one with the defender (against Spain), we were all thinking ‘get your shot away, be decisive’ and you want more of that from him.
“It’s confidence, it’s belief. If he goes past him and rattles one in the top corner, the next time he does it he will do it again.”
Chelsea ace Barkley was not part of the England squad that reached the World Cup semi-final in the summer.
And Redknapp says that shows an impressive plethora of players at Gareth Southgate’s disposal.
“It just shows you the strength in depth we’ve got now,” Redknapp continued.
“We’ve brought in a couple of players who weren’t at the World Cup and they’ve come into a game and produced a performance like that.
“You’ve got Dele Alli as well who adds goals, he’s at home at the moment and he’s a brilliant player as well for us.
“We have a now a pool of players that’s looking very strong and they’re should be a lot of confidence in that squad.”