Rooney scored his first goals for the Goodison club aged just 16 before joining Manchester United.
At an Everton player of the month sponsors' event, Martinez said: "Ross is the best young England talent I have ever seen, for sure."
When then asked, "Better than Rooney?", Martinez responded: "For me, yes."
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