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'Unique' Barry will play for England again

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez believes midfielder Gareth Barry's England career is not yet over following his loan switch from Manchester City.

Barry, who has 53 caps, last played for England in May 2012 and was set to travel to the European Championships until injury ruled him out.

Having been made surplus to requirements by new City boss Manuel Pellegrini, Barry joined the Toffees on a season-long loan, and new boss Martinez has backed him to earn an England recall.

Speaking to The Mirror, Martinez said: "I see him getting back in the England team because there are not many like him.

"I've always admired Gareth because he is a unique midfielder in the English game. You don't get many midfielders like that in the English game with his tactical awareness to his play.

"His role is very specific and usually filled by a foreign player. It's not the type the English game usually produces well, so if he reaches his best level with us, he will be a massive asset again for England."

Despite his managers obvious belief in his ability, the former Aston Villa man may find it tough to break into Roy Hodgson's side, with Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere appearing to be the first choice trio in England's midfield.

Barry's arrival will help fill the void left by the departed Marouane Fellaini and Martinez has enjoyed the brief time he's had to work with his new signing, saying: "Just working with him has been fascinating to see how he works and his know-how."

In four seasons with City, Barry picked up a Premier League and FA Cup winners medal, but silverware may not be as easy to come by at Goodison Park, "It will be different for Gareth here because our aims are different and the football club is different," admitted Martinez.

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