Former Everton teen star Rooney offers wise words to Barkley given to him by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Wayne Rooney called Ross Barkley over last week and repeated some wise words he heard from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a bid to improve the Everton midfielder's stuttering form.
"He and Everton hit the heights last season," said the England captain. "But he hasn't done as well ,as the team haven't recently.
"But I spoke to him after the game on Friday and the only advice I gave him was to watch the game from the bench with England.
"He will know how to get into the opposition, where the spaces are.
"That's what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said to me when I was young, so you know where to be when you come on. If it helps, then great."
Barkley did come on for the last 20 minutes against Lithuania to win his tenth cap, but the man who came on alongside him snatched all the headlines - Spurs striker Harry Kane.
But Barkley is expected to feature again in the international friendly in Turin against italy.
England manager Roy Hodgson raised eyebrows when he criticised Barkley after a friendly match against Ecuador in Florida last summer.
Instead of praising the player, he said he "lost the ball an awful lot" and when pressed on his performance again, Hodgson snapped: "I am not prepared to address your obsession with Ross Barkley."
But Hodgson said this week he was trying to protect the player, rather than knock him down a peg or two.
Hodgson said: "I wasn't trying to criticise him. I was trying to dampen the enthusiasm that we had suddenly found a player with great quality, and the comparisons with (Paul) Gascoigne and (Bryan) Robson."
Hodgson's argument is undermined somewhat by the fact that he compared Barkley to Gascoigne last November.
Still, he says he is a big fan of the Blues midfielder.
"The fact we selected him shows we believe in him," Hodgson said. "That's a boost."
Ross Barkley was the subject of praise from the England manager and captain following an impressive second-half display against Italy on Tuesday evening.
The Everton midfielder, 21, was introduced after 55 minutes of play in Turin and aided the Three Lions to a 1-1 draw, after the Azzuri had taken a lead in the first period.
After the game, Roy Hodgson singled out the Blues' academy graduate and goalscorer Andros Townsend for helping to change the game after the break.
“Obviously there were a lot of changes tonight and at the end of the game even more changes,” said the England boss.
“We basically had a whole team that didn’t play here tonight but the great thing was the ones who came on – and I’m thinking particularly of Ross Barkley and Andros Townsend – they did brilliantly well.
“There wouldn’t have been many positives to take out of the game had we played the second half like we did in the first and drifted to a defeat in a pretty sort of stale encounter."
Skipper Rooney was also asked about Barkley's bright cameo and the former Toffee tipped the youngster to take confidence from another international appearance.
The striker said: “Ross is a terrific young player and I think he can have an impact when he comes on and he did that. He took the ball, he ran at the Italian defenders and made it difficult for them.
“Hopefully he can kick on now for the rest of the season.”
Ross Barkley praised for second-half England cameo by Roy Hodgson
Everton midfielder Barkley described as "fantastic"
Ross Barkley in action for England
Roy Hodgson has described Ross Barkley’s second-half England cameo as “fantastic”.
The Three Lions boss introduced the 21-year-old Everton midfielder against Italy with 35 minutes remaining in Turin last night.
And Barkley produced a really bright display as Hodgson's men fought back to grab a draw in the friendly.
“He was fantastic,” said Hodgson.
“Both he and (goalscorer Andros) Townsend turned the game.
Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling during training for England
“I thought Barkley in particular was really, really good.
“Very brave, very courageous.
“He’s prepared to get on the ball all the time, to take people on. He really is an outstanding young talent.”
Meanwhile, England goalkeeper Joe Hart was also full of admiration for the Blues midfielder. Speaking after the game, the Manchester City shot-stopper said: "Ross played with no fear and we need to encourage that in England.
"We need to back people like Ross Barkley."
Barkley won his 12th international cap last night against Italy.
Townsend, who struck his third international goal, said: “I have just been desperate to get on the pitch and silence a few critics.
“Hopefully they can realise the quality I bring to the team.”