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Everton boss: Barkley a better talent than Rooney

Roberto Martinez believes Ross Barkley to have better prospects than Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

England international Ross Barkley is yet another exciting prospect born and raised on Merseyside.

Over a decade ago, Arsenal’s fabulous 30-game unbeaten run came to end thanks to then-Everton youth product Wayne Rooney’s last-minute wondergoal at Goodison Park.

It was a goal which shot Rooney to stardom, and he soon attracted the attentions of then-Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson who decided to splash a record £26.5m on him when he was just 18-years-old.

Much has happened in the Premier League since Wayne Rooney’s teenage years, and not many expected England to churn out such a fine talent for many years more.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez, however, believes that not to be the case and has labelled current Everton star Ross Barkley a better prospect than Rooney.

"Ross is the best young England talent I have ever seen, for sure.” Reported by The Mirror.

When then asked, “Better than Rooney?”, Martinez responded: “For me, yes.”

The Toffees attacking midfielder has been a key player for Martinez’s side this season, scoring five goals and registering 67 successful dribbles – more than any other Everton player.

Barkley’s performances have earned him international recognition, and he has also been sounded out as a possible Manchester United transfer target this summer.

David Moyes will know all about the 20-year-old, and former Manchester United youth team coach Eric Harrison believes the £50m-rated star would ultimately solve United’s midfield crisis.

But considering the trajectory Everton are on - don't expect him sold anytime soon.

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