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Aston Villa boss Dean Smith reveals Ross Barkley left Chelsea on loan in bid to get himself back into Gareth Southgate's England plans for delayed Euro 2020 next summer Aston Villa boss Dean Smith hailed impact Ross Barkley has had since his arrival  The 26-year-old has impressed in midfield since joining on loan from Chelsea  Smith believes Barkley's performances reflect goal to return to England team 

By Sean Taylor, Press Association Sport

Published: 10:42 GMT, 31 October 2020 | Updated: 10:42 GMT, 31 October 2020

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Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has hailed the impact Ross Barkley has had since his arrival from Chelsea.

The 26-year-old has impressed in midfield and scored twice in his three appearances for Villa since joining the club on a season-long loan deal this month.

He was instrumental, linking up seamlessly on his debut with Jack Grealish, in Villa's sensational 7-2 dismantling of Premier League champions Liverpool, scoring his new side's fifth goal early in the second half.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has hailed the impact Ross Barkley has had since his arrival

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has hailed the impact Ross Barkley has had since his arrival

The 26-year-old has impressed in midfield since joining on a season-long loan from Chelsea

The 26-year-old has impressed in midfield since joining on a season-long loan from Chelsea

Barkley, who is under contract at Chelsea until the summer of 2023, also scored an injury-time winner at Leicester in Villa's 1-0 victory.

Smith believes that Barkley's performances for his team reflect his ambitions to be part of the England squad for next summer's European Championship.

'He's someone I felt we needed,' said Smith ahead of Villa's Premier League game at home

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