Ross Barkley needs to be in England starting line-up says Roberto Martinez

first_img Press Association England boss Roy Hodgson needs to make room for Ross Barkley in his starting XI, according to Everton manager Roberto Martinez. The 21-year-old playmaker was the stand-out performer during Euro 2016 qualifying wins against Estonia and Lithuania over the past week. But Hodgson must make a big decision if he is to fit Barkley into his team either in midfield or the number 10 role ahead of next summer’s tournament in France. Martinez said: “It’s one of those moments you keep saying that if you work hard and you set real standards, football will pay you back. “And I think Phil Jagielka is the clear example that we have in house. Any youngster who wants to look up to somebody that’s a leader and a captain, that’s Phil Jagielka, and in my eyes he’s been the most consistent and the best English centre-half in the last 12 months. “Then to have the opportunity to lead the England team. He’s the first Everton player to lead the team out for England and I think that’s a fitting reward. And the way he performed was magnificent.” Everton return to Premier League action on Saturday with a home match against Manchester United. It is their first outing since a 1-1 derby draw with Liverpool two weeks ago that spelled the end for Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers has been swiftly replaced by former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, and Martinez expects the popular German to be a big hit in the Premier League. “It’s for everyone to see how impressive he was during his time in Germany,” said Martinez. “Not just the way that his teams play, I think the way he brings that contagious approach of being brave and creating really difficult teams to play against. “I think his quality as a coach and a manager was one of the biggest strengths of the Bundesliga and I’m sure he’s going to be a really good fit for the Premier League.” Martinez could have John Stones, Seamus Coleman, Tom Cleverley and Steven Pienaar all back after injury for the United clash, while he expects full-back Leighton Baines to be in contention in a fortnight. Barkley’s performances for England were a continuation of his Everton form this season and Martinez feels the buzz around his displays does him something of a disservice. The Toffees manager said: “I think his best position is on the pitch. “When you’ve got that outstanding talent, you just need to fit it in a team. There’s no right answer, depending on what role you want him to do and what you want the team to do. “What is clear is he’s a sensational prospect, as we all know. He’s still a very young man. “I’m a bit surprised about the hype that has developed just because of the two performances with England. We’ve been seeing Ross hitting that level since the first day of the season. “He’s someone that has been through so much and it’s not just a sign of a potential player any more, he’s a very strong footballer with incredible quality.” It was a landmark international break for Everton, with Phil Jagielka becoming the first Toffees player to captain England. With qualification already assured, Hodgson used the opportunity to rotate his squad, and it was 33-year-old defender Jagielka who led out the team against Lithuania. last_img read more

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first_img“Chasing Open Spaces,” an exhibit of oil paintings documenting natural spaces in and surrounding the Santa Clarita Valley, will be on display through April 30 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call Laura Wambsgans at (661) 259-0696. United States Tennis Association Men’s Challenger, today at The Paseo Club, 27650 Dickason Drive, Valencia. “Oklahoma” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 30 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $13-$17 for adults and $10-$13 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAnimal Magic with John Abrams, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Town Square at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call the Concierge Center at (661) 287-9050. “The Foreigner” will be presented, 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday in the Hart Black Box Theatre, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $8. Call Brent Christensen at (661) 259-7575, Ext. 212. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will be presented, 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Valencia Marketplace Amphitheater located on the corner of McBean Parkway and The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch. Admission is free. Call (661) 254-4543. Spring Dance Concert, 8 p.m. Friday at the Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $5-$10. Call the box office at (661) 362-5304. Moonlight Hike, 8-9 p.m. Friday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Emergency Expo will feature free safety demonstrations, vendors, prizes and more, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 255-4965. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Heart 2 Hart fundraiser will feature a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, casino games and dancing, 6 p.m. Saturday at the Tournament Players Club, 26550 N. Heritage View Lane, Valencia. Tickets are $75 and proceeds benefit the Hart High School Show Choir. Call Danielle Werts at (661) 255-6455 or Suzanne Benty at (661) 254-5696. Grateful Dudes will perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Campfire program, 8-9 p.m. Saturday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. (661) 259-7721. Capitol Steps will perform, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $25-$50. Call the box office at (661) 362-5304. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@ dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA, 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more