Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has vowed to fight for his place in the Chelsea midfield having been out of the team for a long time. Barkley had a good game for the Blues against Nottingham Forest and marked his return to the team with a goal, having not played for the Chelsea team since mid-October.

Barkley has revealed that he has worked so hard to be back and is ready to fight his way back into the team and hopes to impress Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.

To break into the team, Barkley will have to fight against the likes of Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Mason Mount.

He said: “After training, I have been doing double sessions fitness-wise so I could stay on top of it with me not getting games for a while. Hopefully, I can kick on from here and get back in the side by continuing to work hard in training. Hopefully with a goal I have put that thought back in the manager’s mind.”

“I have got to keep scoring with every chance I get. Last time I went away with England I scored a couple and then I came back and got a setback. So it was frustrating from that side of it. But to come back and score today is good for my confidence. I will come back into training on Tuesday ready to kick on again.” Barkley was a key part of England’s qualification to Euro 2020 and he now hopes to find a way back into the team.

He said: “From the last camp I spoke with him because I got called up to the England squad,” he added. “I was struggling and it wasn’t beneficial for me to go with the England squad to just get treatment and not play any games.

“It was more about getting myself right and I have been feeling right for the past couple of weeks now. I was back in the side today and hopefully, he will have seen I have scored – which he probably will – and then we have got a lot of games until the next England meet-up. “But the main thing is to focus on helping us progress [at Chelsea] and get our home form much better so we can kick on and get higher up the table.”