Martinez: Barkley wouldn't be fazed by World Cup stage

, 26 March, 0comments  |  Jump to most recent
Should Roy Hodgson elect to take Ross Barkley to the World Cup Finals this summer, he would have the full backing of Roberto Martinez.

Speaking after the Blues' blossoming midfielder's pivotal role in Everton's demolition of Newcastle at St James' Park, Martinez said that, while Barkley would benefit from a break this summer to regenerate after his first full season of first-team football, he would not stand in the way of a player whom he feels is ready to play for his country at the top level.

"All I can say is Ross is ready to help the national team, and nothing will faze him," Martinez said. "He would be very proud to represent England.

"I know that [he] will be a phenomenal footballer for England.

"Technically, he is as gifted as you are going to see. But what shocks you is the physicality that goes with it.

"On top of that is the character. Nothing distracts him from his role. He is a really down to earth, modern footballer. All he wants to do is enjoy his football and score goals. He is a joy to work with."

But the timing [of his international involvement] has to be measured by the England manager. We all have to respect that.

"If the national team manager believes he needs Ross, he will be ready; if not, he will have a good summer.

"He needs to regenerate and recover after what has been his best and most demanding season as a professional."

Quotes sourced from BBC Sport

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