England captain told Barkley his career would be best served by staying at Everton FC for foreseeable future
And the Goodison teenager revealed he has been dangled a carrot by England manager Roy Hodgson of a possible place at next summer’s World Cup.
Barkley has proven a revelation this season having started to consistently realise the potential that saw him linked with Manchester United and Chelsea shortly after his first-team debut two years ago.
His impressive form earned the 19-year-old his first international call-up earlier this month, where he was taken under the wing of Gerrard.
And the England captain has told the youngster his career would be best served by staying at Everton for the foreseeable future.
“Steven spoke to me a lot on England duty,” said Barkley, who will aim to help Roberto Martinez’s side continue their unbeaten start to the season at West Ham United tomorrow.
“He told me that I'm from Liverpool, a local lad playing for the team I support, and there is nothing better.
“He's done that throughout his career. He said playing is the main thing, going to another team and not playing is no good for my development.
“He was good to me when I was away. I sat next to him on the coach and he gave me loads of advice.
“He said that the big-hitters are going to be looking at me and linked with me but that the main thing is I stay with the club I'm at, the team I support and the team I love, which is Everton.
“I love Everton and all I think about is playing for Everton.”
Having made just seven Premier League starts, Barkley emerged from the bench in the second half to make his England debut in the 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Moldova at Wembley a fortnight ago.
Barkley was elevated to the senior squad after impressing Hodgson during a goalscoring appearance for the under-21s in their 6-0 romp of Scotland in August.
And the teenager’s hopes of making the squad for next summer’s World Cup have been bolstered by an incentive from the England manager.
“I’ve set my sights on the World Cup,” said Barkley. “It’s a goal for me to get myself in the squad for the World Cup. It will be hard but through hard work hopefully I can get on the flight there.
“Roy Hodgson told me to keep working hard and keep doing what I’ve been doing since the start of the season. If there comes a time that because I am young then I’m on the bench, don’t let your head go down.
“He spoke to the gaffer, and he believes in me. He has high hopes for me. He sees me being able to go Brazil if I keep progressing as I have done since the start of the season.
“For the first two days with England I was a bit starstruck looking at Lampard and Gerrard. But being around Jags and Bainesy, they got me involved, and after the first few days it felt as though I was meant to be there.”