Everton boss Roberto Martinez insists playing for England can only be a good thing for Ross Barkley but warns about putting to much pressure on the youngster.
The 19-year-old has come through the ranks at Goodinson Park and shone since Martinez introduced him to first team action at the start of the campaign.
The starlet, who has started seven times for The Toffee's this season, shone in his sides 3-2 win against Newcastle this week, scoring the second - doubling his tally for the season.
Barkley was called up to Roy Hodgson's England squad for their crucial World Cup qualifiers against Poland and Montenegro at the end of the month.
The midfielder won his first senior England cap in August coming on against Moldova at Wembley in the 4-0 victory.
Martinez believes it would be ludicrous to pin England's hopes of qualifying for the Brazil World Cup next year on Ross Barkley.
The Spaniard told reporters: "Playing for England can only be a good thing for him...but if we're going to say now the hopes of winning the World Cup are on his shoulders, then we are all stupid.
"That's when it becomes a big problem, because he's not ready for that. We need to understand where Ross is. What he is ready for is to give some sort of help, and support the team.
"We have done it before - we see potential and we feel that's what is already going to give us the World Cup. He has terrific potential, but you shouldn't rest the success of the national team on potential.
"It would be ludicrous if he's the reason we are going to Rio and going to challenge for the World Cup - that would be very negative and detrimental for him."
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