Ross Barkley has tattoo of his Everton debut date removed from his arm as he reveals he inked his first one when he was just 14 because he was a ‘big lad’
- Ross Barkley has removed the majority of his tattoo sleeve in recent months
- The 24-year-old midfielder has said he regrets getting tattoos at such young age
- Barkley starred in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United by netting leveller
Ross Barkley appears to be moving on from boyhood club Everton on and off the pitch with the Chelsea star now nailing his colours to Chelsea.
Barkley, who capped off two recent appearances for England with a late leveller for Chelsea against Manchester United on Saturday, has revealed the reasons behind having tattoos removed from his arm.
One of the main tattoos on his full sleeve was the date he made his Everton debut (August 20, 2011 vs Queens Park Rangers) but that has now been taken off as he looks to start a new chapter of his career in London.
Ross Barkley has decided to remove his tattoo sleeve after getting it done at a young age – his tattoos are clearly visible on his left arm in 2014 (L) but could not be seen earlier this month (R)
Barkley has removed a tattoo of the date he made his Everton debut back in August 2011
Barkley used to cover his left arm with an undershirt in embarrassment of his tattoos
The 24-year-old revealed he had his first tattoo when he was just 14 – the legal age is 18 – and claimed he managed to do so as he was a ‘big lad’, but now regrets having them done at such a young age.
Barkley, speaking to The Times, said: ‘I got them at a young age and sometimes when you are young you do stupid things and not think about it.
‘But I went into it too quick and over the years I felt I wanted to get them removed, so I went through the process in the last couple of years.
‘My first tattoo was when I was 14. I was a bit young, like. I was a big lad so they didn’t question my age at the time. Started getting them removed a couple of years ago. I would never rule out getting another, maybe when I have kids I might have something done to go with that.’
It appears Barkley was so embarrassed of his tattoos he constantly wore a long-sleeved shirt under his usual kit in order to hide them.
There was no sign of one of those on Saturday when Barkley came off the bench to net a crucial equaliser for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Barkley is quickly becoming an important member of Maurizio Sarri’s squad with the midfielder entrusted with adding guile and creativity to Chelsea’s engine room when a change is needed.
The Liverpool-born midfielder said the last 10 days have been the best of his career after earning an England recall for the first time since May 2016.
Barkley even covered his tattoos when he sat down with Sportsmail’s Jamie Redknapp in 2017
He no longer needs to cover his arms after having the majority of his sleeve removed
He added: ‘Yeah I’d probably say so (the best 10 days of his career). I got a couple of goals and couple of assists and played well for England. It just shows to myself that hard work does pay off in the end.
‘Getting in the England side and getting in two good positive performances there and today (Saturday) with my first goal at Stamford Bridge was fantastic for me.
‘I believe that I am a better player now. I’ve matured, I understand the game much more, which can be natural as you grow up.
‘I’m 24 now and I understand the game. I am at a big club now with a lot of expectation and fantastic players around me, and my performances are showing it.
‘As the season goes on I’m playing against big teams. We have got a lot of competition in our squad and when you get your chance you have got to take it. I believe that I am doing the right things.’
Barkley jumps for joy as he celebrates scoring a late equaliser for Chelsea against Man United
The former Everton man made a difference after coming off the bench in the 69th minute
Barkley has labelled the last 10 days the best of his career after earning an England recall
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