MART: MY BARK NEEDS BIG BREAK
EVERTON manager Roberto Martinez has called for Ross Barkley to be left out of England’s assault on the U21 European Championships in the summer, claiming his midfielder needs a “proper break”.
Despite playing for the seniors at last summer’s World Cup and now being a permanent fixture in Roy Hodgson’s squad, having been selected for the games against Lithuania and Italy, there is still talk about Barkley possibly rejoining the Under-21s for the June tournament in the Czech Republic.
Martinez has regularly expressed the opinion that Barkley has outgrown the junior side, mainly because he has already played at a World Cup. “What was pleasing last Thursday night was to see the old Ross getting away from people, being so threatening with his forward pass and getting his shot away with either foot.
“He hit the post with his left and with his right. I loved seeing the signs of the old Ross appearing.
“But we need to look after him and make sure he has that sort of standard for the rest of the season – and gets a proper break in the summer.
“If we do that, we’ll have a player completely fresh and ready for next season.”