Ross Barkley is the best England talent I've seen - Roberto Martinez
Everton manager Roberto Martinez is no longer surprised by anything midfielder Ross Barkley produces and believes the youngster will give England something unique at this summer's World Cup.
The 20-year-old scored a stunning opener in the 3-2 defeat at home to Manchester City which ended the Toffees' chances of qualifying for the Champions League.
That breathtaking strike only enhanced his chances of making the squad for Brazil but Martinez appeared to be the only one inside Goodison Park who did not marvel at the first-time effort from 25 yards.
"The concerning aspect is that I didn't even get surprised by it as you get used to that type of quality," said the Spaniard.
"I thought the goal was a magnificent piece of skill from Ross.
"He is a phenomenal talent and the best England talent I have seen and the character that goes along with that quality is special.
"He finished (the season at Goodison) with another incredibly special strike and we need to give him good care because he is special.
"I respect (England manager) Roy Hodgson's vision and his ideas for the World Cup and whatever he decides will be the right thing.
"If Ross is called up he will be ready, he offers something unique and there is no one in the England camp like Ross.
"At the same time he is a young man and we need to look after him. The character of Ross is ready to embrace anything that comes his way but if he is not at the World Cup we will use the summer to regenerate him and refresh him for the next campaign."