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'I'm a striker,' says Everton's Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley says he is best as a striker. Credit: PA

Everton's Ross Barkley has insisted that his best position is as a striker.

Barkley has struggled to rediscover the form which made him such an integral part of Everton's success last term and has found himself switching positions regularly.

The 21-year-old has not been given a long spell behind the centre-forward where he was most effective last season.

Many observers appear to have pencilled him in for a deeper midfield role but he does not feel that will get the best out of him.

"I'm a striker," he said. "I feel I can have my greatest impact there because I'm free to roam around the pitch, take players on, have shots and create chances."

"I just focus on getting better every day, putting things right in training and then hopefully what I'm doing right in training I'm going to show in games as well."

Dynamo Kiev ordered to close stadium over Everton racism

Dynamo Kiev have been ordered to close part of their stadium for next month's Europa League quarter-final after racist behaviour by fans towards Everton players.

The Ukrainian side has also been fined 15,000 euros (£10,950) by UEFA for the setting off of fireworks and for insufficient organisation.

The racist behaviour took place during the 5-2 second-leg win over Everton on March 19.

Dynamo Kiev will have some sections closed. Credit: PA

UEFA has ordered partial closure of the NSK Olimpiyskiy stadium for the first leg of the quarter-final against Fiorentina, to be played in Kiev on April 16.

A UEFA statement read: "The CEDB (UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body) has ordered the partial closure of the NSK Olimpiyskiy stadium during the next UEFA competition match which FC Dynamo Kyiv would play as the host club, and in particular, Blocks 43 and 45 of the stadium.

"The Ukrainian club have also been fined 15,000 euros for the setting off of fireworks and the insufficient organisation."


Martinez calls for England to rest Everton midfielder

Ross Barkley could face some tough decisions. Credit: PA

Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants Ross Barkley to miss the European Under-21 Championships in order to receive a rest.

Barkley, who went to the World Cup last summer, has had an indifferent season with manager Martinez thinking a break will do him good.

What Ross brings is the bigger the occasion, the bigger the performance and bigger the response.

What was pleasing last Thursday night was to see the 'old' Ross getting away from people, being so threatening with his forward pass and getting his shot away with either foot.

He hit the post with his left foot and with his right foot. I loved seeing the signs of the old Ross appearing.

We need to look after him and make sure he has that sort of standard for the rest of the season and has a proper break in the summer.

Do that and we will have a player completely new for next season after the experiences he has had this season.

– Roberto Martinez speaking to the Liverpool Echo

Everton's Lukaku withdraws from Belgium squad

Lukaku won't feature for Belgium. Credit: PA

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has been ruled out of Belgium's forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers through injury.

The 21-year-old limped off in Sunday's 2-1 win at QPR with a hamstring problem which manager Roberto Martinez hoped would prove just to be cramp.

However, the Belgian Football Association has announced Lukaku and Anderlecht midfielder Steven Defour will not feature against Cyprus on Saturday or Israel the following Tuesday.

Premier League: Everton 3-0 Newcastle United

Everton sub Ross Barkley celebrates his late goal. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Everton's season turned a significant corner as a first home league win of 2015 against 10-man Newcastle eased growing worries of a relegation battle.

Midfielder James McCarthy's first goal since May was followed in the second half by Romelu Lukaku's 17th of the campaign, one more than he managed in the whole of last season, before Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini was sent off and Ross Barkley made it 3-0 in added time.


Everton 2-1 Dynamo Kiev

Lukaku puts his side ahead from the spot. Credit: PA

A late penalty from Romelu Lukaku gave Everton victory over Dynamo Kiev.

Steven Naismith equalised for the home side to cancel out Oleg Gusev's opening goal. Everton will go to Kiev to defend a one-goal advantage, with Dynamo optimistic after grabbing an away goal.

You can watch all the goals, highlights and post-match interviews here.

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