Everton latest: Stars called up for England as Martinez comments on Spurs rumour

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Everton ended their fantastic campaign on a high note, securing a 2-0 win at Hull City to guarantee a fifth placed finish this season. The Toffees were well in contention for a top four spot but eventually fell off, finish seven points shy of Arsenal in the final Champions League place, but the fantastic work of manager Roberto Martinez hasn't gone unnoticed, with Tottenham linked with a summer swoop for the Spaniard - yet the former Wigan boss says he just sees the speculation as a compliment.

"It is a little bit as I always answer – any sort of speculation we take as a real footballing compliment. This is the time you are going to get rumours, with talk about new squads and the next moves. From our point of view, it means we have done something right – that, as a football team, we are performing well. That affects players, members of staff and managers. We take it in a positive manner and just carry on working hard," said Martinez.

A large part of his success this term has revolved around the impressive displays of Leighton Baines and Ross Barkley, and the duo have been rewarded with places in Roy Hodgson's England squad to take to the World Cup in Brazil this summer. Baines is now the clear starter at left back with Ashley Cole left out, whilst 20-year-old Barkley continues his outstanding rise to prominence by beating Manchester United's Michael Carrick to a place in the 23-man squad.

Defender John Stones has also emerged on Merseyside, and the Everton defender is on the standby list in case United's Phil Jones isn't fully fit to play, meaning the Toffees could have three of their star players on show in the world's biggest tournament.

It may be hard to keep hold of starlets Barkley and Stones, but Martinez will be focusing his attentions on strengthening his squad rather than worrying about losing players, and his scouts were once again at Benfica this weekend to watch them take on Porto. There are no confirmed names over who they were eyeing, but Benfica duo Guilherme Siquiera and Andre Gomes and Porto's Fernando are some of the players mentioned as potential targets this summer.

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