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Martinez wants Barkley focus

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is hoping to control the hype surrounding midfield star Ross Barkley.

Last Updated: 16/12/13 at 08:43 Post Comment

Ross Barkley: Called on to remain focused for Everton

Ross Barkley: Called on to remain focused for Everton

Barkley has been a revelation this season for Everton, nailing down a regular place in Martinez's starting XI and breaking into the England squad.

The 20-year-old is being tipped to be part of the England squad for next summer's World Cup finals after making an impression on Roy Hodgson.

Barkley's form has seen his name being linked with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, with the playmaker catching the eye in several big games this term.

Martinez is trying to keep Barkley's feet on the ground and has called on him to concentrate on Everton, and not think too much about playing in Brazil with England.

"In football a week is an eternity so for a few months it is going to be a waste of time thinking about what can happen in the future," said Martinez.

"In football you need to concentrate on the day-to-day work and that's where Ross is.

"But all he needs to do now is concentrate on his club role and make sure he is ready to help the team and enjoy his season and develop, and grow.

"Sometimes you get confused as a player how you are going to affect what happens in the national team - but it is very easy. It is about what you do at club level."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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