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Everton boss Roberto Martinez has been singing his players praises after a smashing 3-2 home win over Newcastle United last night at Goodison Park.

Everton went into the break 3-0 up after Romelu Lukaku's double and a strike from Ross Barkley - who made his England debut as a substitute in September in England's 4-0 qualifying win against Moldova.

"Ross is a diamond of English football," said Martinez speaking to BBC Sport, "but he still has a long way to go.

"Barkley is the sort of player who controls things in midfield, and that is unusual in a player his age.

"I think he is an exceptional ambassador, not only for Everton but English football as a whole."

The former Wigan Athletic boss also said Lukaku "looked at home" in his first league start for the Toffees since arriving on loan from Chelsea on transfer deadline day.

He added that Lukaku was "unplayable", after he had put two in the net in the first half, then taken advantage of two Newcastle defence errors to score a third.

The Magpies came back in the second with goals from Yohan Cabaye, and Loic Remy in the final minute of normal time.

Martinez said he didn't think the players could have carried on with that tempo though. He added: "I was really disappointed for the defenders and team, they did not deserve to concede the two goals.

"But overall, it was an important win and the chemistry between the players and the crowd was good."

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