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Martinez: Everton stands shoulder to shoulder with Hillsborough families

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says the verdicts in the Hillsborough inquests have given the city of Liverpool "an incredible boost."

Speaking ahead of Everton's match against Bournemouth on Saturday, Martinez said the Hillsborough Families Support Group "showed us all the way, how to fight in life, and how to persevere" in their battle for the truth.


Watch: Martinez on Everton's 'daunting schedule'

Everton boss Roberto Martinez feels the fixture list has been unkind to his side but has stressed the Toffees must get momentum going early in their Barclays Premier League campaign.

Martinez's men have to play each of the clubs that finished in last term's top eight within their first 10 games of the new season.

It looks a daunting schedule, but the Spaniard is eager for Everton to get points on the board.

"Looking at the start of the season, probably the fixture list has not been too kind to us," said Martinez, who wants to make three more new signings before the end of the transfer window.

"We need to make sure we are strong enough.

"It is about making sure that as a team we are successful and do a lot better than we did in the league last season. "I think the experiences of the last campaign will help us immensely."

– Roberto Martinez, Everton FC

Everton manager cautious about Ross Barkley's return to England Under-21 side

Ross Barkley has returned to training for Everton and could play Saturday Credit: PA

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is close to a return from injury but manager Roberto Martinez remains cautious about the availability of his player to join England's Under-21 squad next summer.

The 20-year-old, who has yet to play for Everton after sustaining knee ligament damage, is already being touted for a recall to the under-21s to bolster their squad for the 2015 European Championships.

It is not an idea that Martinez appears keen on:

"Ross is coming back from an injury so he hasn't played much football,"

"If the tournament was now it would be a good opportunity for Ross to get some playing time but if it is at the end of a season where he has played consistently for 10 months then he needs to have a break."

– Roberto Martinez, Everton Football Club Manager

Martinez does not believe the growing clamour for young players to gain tournament experience is right despite calls for the likes of Barkley and Liverpool's Raheem Sterling to be parachuted back into the Under -21 squad.

Barkley returned to full training with the squad on Monday and could possibly play against Aston Villa on Saturday.


Roberto Martinez believes David Moyes will return to management

The man who succeeded David Moyes at Everton has backed him to make a successful return to management.

Roberto Martinez says the whole of football is looking forward to the next chapter in the Scot's career after he was sacked by Manchester United.

Martinez was the man chosen to replace Moyes after he ended his 11 year reign at Goodison Park last season.

And the Spaniard believes it won't be long before we see him back in the dugout again

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