Blues boss believes midfielder can gatecrash squad for World Cup finals in Brazil
Roberto Martinez has reiterated his claim Gareth Barry can gatecrash the England squad for next summer’s World Cup finals.
Barry was in impressive form at former club Aston Villa on Saturday to help Everton to a 2-0 Premier League victory.
It maintained the 32-year-old’s record of having won every game in which he has started since moving to Goodison on a season-long loan from Manchester City last month.
And Everton manager Martinez believes Barry, who has not figured for England since May 2012, can win back a place in Roy Hodgson’s squad if he continues his form.
“I still think he has a lot to offer for England,” said Martinez.
“As long as he carries on playing like that I can’t see why he can’t be an important player for any team.
“Roy Hodgson has been very, very good with Ross Barkley, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines and I’m sure he knows Gareth Barry can give him something him different.”
In pictures: Villa 0 Everton 2
Martinez has also been impressed by the manner in which Barry’s professionalism is having a positive effect on Everton’s younger midfielders.
“He is a joy to watch,” said the Everton manager.
“I really enjoy his performances. The second side is that he is a pristine professional.
“He wanted to fight for his place and help the players around him. You could never tell he has played 502 games in the Premier League.
“He looks like a young man, he is so enthusiastic and tactically he is incredible. He perhaps does not get the credit from the outside that he deserves.
“But look at the way he has been helping James McCarthy and Ross Barkley.
“His approach is very, very simple and he is an example to the youngsters.”
Martinez added: “To be able to see and execute a pass, that is his talent. He has developed an incredible awareness around him.
“He sits in and allows other players to advance and the way he makes decisions; that is what is so impressive for me. That comes through his experience and focus and learning.
“I wouldn’t say he’s got anything to prove because he’s won the league and FA Cup with Manchester City and played a big part for England.
“But he has a real passion for the game. All he wants to be is the best in training and the best in games.”
Leon Osman, who came off the bench on Saturday to create Romelu Lukaku’s opener before netting Everton’s second, believes Barry can stake a claim for England.
“I don’t see why not,” said Osman. “I think most English players in the Premier League are getting their head down at the moment and hoping things go their way.
“It’s a long season and a long time until that comes so we will concentrate on what’s ahead of us.”
Before Saturday’s game, Football Association chairman Greg Dyke and Sir Philip Carter of Everton presented special commemorative plaques to the two captains as part of the FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations at the most-played fixture in English football.