Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes England have a star in the making in the form of teenager Ross Barkley and has tipped the England international to play a pivotal role in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad.
The midfielder has blossomed since the Everton manager took charge at Goodison Park, and Martinez is convinced the 20-year old is going to be a top player in the coming years.
“Ross is a really talented footballer,” said Martinez in an interview with Talksport. “As a British player he is as talented as anyone you see.
“The balance he has with both feet is brilliant, and technically he’s really gifted. You would see that technical ability with any Brazilian or Dutch player. He is that exquisite technically.”
“He’s a young man, though, and we need to allow him to fight through the normal process, which is gaining his first-team place and making sure he enjoys his football. At the moment he is doing that.”
Barkley’s progress is encouraging for England who have been having a terrible time lately. There are often plenty of pitfalls awaiting young English players who get carried away with the hype surrounding them before they realise their potential, but that doesn’t seem to be a concern for Roberto Martinez.
“I’ve been impressed with Ross’ personality and character,” he went on to say. “He’s such a humble boy, all he wants to do is listen and play.
"It’s such a simple case with him. Nothing will faze him on a football pitch and, if you have a talent like his, it’s an incredible combination.”
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