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Everton midfielder Barkley accepts Hodgson criticism

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley had no problem with pre-World Cup criticism from England coach Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson sought to ease the expectations around Barkley after his performance in a friendly against Ecuador.

"I took that on board," Barkley said of that criticism. "Obviously I'm a young lad and I'm going to make mistakes but I'll learn from them and I know it's costly making mistakes.

"Hopefully I've learned from it at the tournament and can take that into the new season and it will make me a better.

"Roy's someone who you can talk to and you could see out on the pitch he has given us young lads the confidence to do well."

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