Barnes takes leaf out of goal-scoring dad’s book to earn first England call-up

Harvey Barnes has taken a leaf out of his dad’s book to get his first senior England call-up.

Leicester midfielder Barnes has been a consistent performer in the Premier League, been on Gareth Southgate’s radar in the past but believes adding goals to his game has been key this season.

Barnes’ father Paul is an ex-pro, a striker who banged in goals with the likes of York, Burnley, Bury and Doncaster and they are beginning to run in the family.

The 22-year-old admits he did not score enough in the past but hit seven last season, scored at Manchester City last month in front of Southgate and hopes more will follow.

Barnes said: “My form with Leicester over the past six months or so has definitely improved.

"Goals have come with that as well which has been important for me because, as an attacking player, you need to have that in your game otherwise you’ll never be as effective.

“Yeah, I’ve been very pleased with my progression and, from the start of this season, I feel like I’ve started well.

"I wasn’t expecting what’s happened with England but I’ve been hopeful that with playing well and I’m really happy to be here now.

“It’s something that I developed myself. Most of my dad’s goals were from in and around the six yard box I think he’d be happy to say.

"I think those sort of goals just come from me, from a young age, picking up things and using my natural ability.

“Scoring goals is something I want to keep adding to my game but to also have that vision and ability to score those sort of goals. It’s something I guess I’ve always had.”

Barnes also said that growing up with an ex-footballer as a dad was both a help and hindrance growing up.

He added: “It’s a bit of both – good and bad. I feel like he is going to be the most honest opinion I’m going to get after a game whether it is good or bad which I think is important.

"You can't always just get the positives, you need to know when you need to improve.

“But when I’ve done well he is always the first one to tell me. I feel like he is massive help for me.

“Of course, having played as many games as he has and scored as many goals as he has, he has definitely guided me – especially during the early part of my career. When I was on loan he helped me a lot and pushed for that."

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