World Cup: Roberto Martinez says Everton's Ross Barkley is ready for World Cup
Roberto Martinez has no doubts that Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is ready for the World Cup finals.
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Last Updated: 05/05/14 6:15am
Martinez has admitted he would like to see Barkley given a holiday this summer, but the 20-year-old looks on course to book a place on the flight to Brazil with Roy Hodgson's squad.
Barkley was in scintillating form against Manchester City on Saturday, despite being on the losing side, opening the scoring with a wonderful curling effort.
And Martinez admits that Barkley is just too good for England not to take.
"If Ross is called up, then he will be ready," said Martinez.
"He can offer something unique. I don't think there's anybody else in the England squad who has his qualities.
"The character of Ross is he is ready to embrace anything that comes his way, nothing will faze him. But we have a responsibility to look after him. If he doesn't go, we will give him time to regenerate in the summer.
"I respect so much Roy Hodgson's vision. Whatever he decides will be the right thing."
Martinez is adamant that Barkley is the best young English player around.
"He is a phenomenal talent and is the best English talent I have seen and worked with.
"He is going to be terrific news for Everton and for English football."