Roberto Martinez not surprised by Ross Barkley starring for England

Ross Barkley

The Everton manager says that his impressive performances against Estonia and Lithuania were a continuation of his club form.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Everton manager Roberto Martinez says he was not surprised by Ross Barkley’s star turn for England during the international break.

Barkley started both of England’s final Euro 2016 qualifying games against Estonia and Lithuania, and starred in both - providing an assist for Theo Walcott in the first game and a goal in the second.

He was arguably the star of the show in both fixtures, earning the man of the match award against the Estonians, and Martinez says those showings were a continuation of his fine form at club level.

“To see him doing that for England is always pleasing,” he told

“Ross has been consistent and the level that we saw him play for England is what we have seen all season. We’ve seen in the last two seasons that potential and those signs. We know there is still loads more to come from him because he is still a young man.”

What this international break has certainly shown is that England manager Roy Hodgson has a choice to make on who will be his number ten heading forward.

That role is currently occupied by captain Wayne Rooney, with many of the opinion that he is at his best in that role, but if Barkley continues to impress for the rest of the season, then there is an argument that he could become a player that must start for the national side.

With Rooney currently struggling as well, that argument will only gain added weight as Euro 2016 approaches, giving Hodgson a tough choice to make come next summer. At present, Barkley is certainly in the mix.

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