Roberto Martinez backs Everton’s Ross Barkley to shine in Brazil
Roberto Martinez has claimed that Man United and Liverpool target Ross Barkley should be a definite member of Roy Hodgson’s England squad for this summer’s World Cup, believing that he will offer something different to the national squad.
Barkley scored a tremendous curling shot and put in a fine display as Everton lost 3-2 to Manchester City to officially end their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, capping a remarkable season in the Premier League for the Toffees’ youngster.
Martinez claims he was not surprised by the quality of the strike given Barkley’s performances this season and feels that his inclusion in the squad to go to Brazil this summer should be a no-brainer given his qualities.
Martinez told reporters, “The concerning aspect is that I didn’t even get surprised by it (Barkley’s goal) as you get used to that type of quality.
“I thought the goal was a magnificent piece of skill from Ross.
“He is a phenomenal talent and the best England talent I have seen and the character that goes along with that quality is special.
“He finished (the season at Goodison Park) with another incredibly special strike and we need to give him good care, because he is special.
“I respect Roy Hodgson’s vision and his ideas for the World Cup and whatever he decides will be the right thing. If Ross is called up he will be ready. He offers something unique and there is nobody in the England camp like Ross.
“At the same time he is a young man and we need to look after him. The character of Ross is ready to embrace anything that comes his way, but if he is not at the World Cup, we will use the summer to regenerate and refresh him for the next campaign.”
Ross Barkley has completed 80 take-ons in 34 appearances for Everton this season, beating his man successfully with 63% of his attempts.