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Everton boss Martinez: Barkley not your typical English youngster

Everton boss Roberto Martinez loves working with Ross Barkley.

Martinez has lived and worked in the UK for 19 years and insists he has never encountered anyone quite like the 20-year-old midfielder.

He told the Daily Mail: "Nothing fazes Ross. That temperament, I'm not sure we've seen that too often over the years.

"For some reason, the English talent is often the naughty boy. It's a short fuse, or he gets into some kind of trouble. Drinking, smoking.

"Ross is the opposite. I think partly because he had a big injury at 17 (he broke his leg in three places). All of a sudden something took it all away from him. He realised what he could lose. But home is good too. He's well-grounded. His mum is a great influence. He's one in a million."

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