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Everton fans are still reacting to the news that midfielder Gareth Barry will be playing his football on Merseyside for good, after signing a three-year deal. The former Manchester City man enjoyed a superb loan spell under Roberto Martinez last season, and upon signing permanently, the 33-year-old says he hopes to get back into the England squad.
"You watch England's games and still want to be playing, singing the national anthem," said Barry. "It's a massive buzz. As a kid, you always dream of playing for England. That's why I am still here; I've not been capped for a couple of years, but I've not retired."
"You sort of hope for that chance to come again. Any player who feels they still have a chance of playing for England and thinks maybe they should have been picked will watch the games and feel exactly the same," he added.
Securing Barry permanently was Everton's first major transfer business of the summer, and the most important given his displays last season. Former Toffees midfielder Graham Stuart says that Barry deserves the contract he's been given, and that everyone should be delighted to have kept hold of him.
"I think the performances he has given have warranted the contract that he has been given and I think all the fans are going to be absolutely ecstatic to have a man of his stature and experience in the team going forward," he said. "I am sure the manager is too, because Gareth was absolutely pivotal to what we did last year."
Barry may not be Everton's only midfield arrival this summer, as reports in Spain suggest that Martinez is set to make yet another La Liga swoop, this time for Elche's Carlos Sanchez. The 28-year-old defensive midfielder impressed with Colombia at the World Cup, and Everton have allegedly submitted a €2m (£1.6m) bid - which matches the midfielder's release clause.