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Howard wary of hype for Everton pal Barkley

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard is keen for the hype around Ross Barkley to ease.

Howard believes it is important that people don't expect too much of Barkley too soon.

He told Sky Sports: "Ross is a talented player of course and he's young. As much as I think he has a lot to learn, he'll continue to get better.

"He also has got tons of ability and is not afraid of the big moment, which is what you need in a World Cup. Certainly he's laid his marker down.

"I think the big if with a lot of players is you don't know how they are going to perform on the big stage and with Ross that is taken out of the equation because he doesn't worry about the big moments, in fact he enjoys it.

"People are talking about Steven Gerrard and they are trying to link him to Steven and to Wayne Rooney.

"What those guys do is perform that magic every week, it becomes second nature. He'll get there. We have high hopes for him."

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