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Everton boss Martinez full of praise for Barkley after Hodgson rap

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has heaped praise on midfielder Ross Barkley.

Martinez was reacting to some criticism from England coach Roy Hodgson of his young prospect.

"He is the biggest talent for his age I have seen in European football," he said.

"He is a special player, a unique player and that is so rare. He has power, pace and technical ability - elements you rarely find in a player. He would look at home in the Spanish, German or Dutch models, no doubt about it. We have a responsibility to develop his talent and to protect and nurture him."

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