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Everton boss Martinez: 500-gamer Barry among best I've ever seen

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry is set for his 500th professional appearance against Newcastle United on Monday.

The England international will become only the 10th player in the history of the Premier League to notch up 500 appearances.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez told evertontv: "It is difficult to explain to youngsters how important that kind of experience can be - having that know-how to anticipate what is going to happen before it happens. That is what Gareth brings to the side.

"He is an incredibly well-balanced footballer with very flexible attributes from a tactical point of view but also, for me, one of the finest English players in that position that I have ever seen. To be approaching 500 games in the Premier League shows you his professionalism, his mentality, his character, his ability to adapt to different managers and different ways of playing."

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