Barkley set for 2014 World Cup with England, although Roberto Martinez laughs off suggestions midfielder will go to the red half of Merseyside
Ross Barkley is set for big things, with the Everton midfielder having shone in a blue shirt this season and he has every chance of being part of the England squad heading to the 2014 World Cup.
The player is currently focused on helping the Toffees qualify for next season’s Champions League, although newspaper reports have today linked Barkley with a move to Liverpool in the summer for a fee of around £38 million.
The 20-year-old has made 42 appearances for Everton, scoring five goals and he has also represented the England senior team on three occasions, although Roberto Martinez expects the player to remain at Goodison Park.
When questioned about Barkley’s future, Martinez said: “Well according to speculation, we turned down £50m from Man Utd so we certainly wouldn’t accept £38m from Liverpool.”
The big draw for Barkley could be Champions League football and the Spaniard is hopeful of securing the required points which would help the Blues to a top four finish.
The Spaniard said: “We know how difficult it’s going to be. The mind is very much set on the two big challenges that we have – two away games and three massive home games.
“Those home games start on Wednesday against Crystal Palace. You look at Palace and in my eyes they are the best defensive set-up in this league, especially when Tony Pulis arrived at the club.
“They don’t concede many goals, if any, and they are on their best run of the year with three consecutive wins. So we’re well aware at Everton that we need to create a special atmosphere under the floodlights and help the players face a very difficult fixture.”