Martinez backs Barkley to shine for England

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has called on Roy Hodgson to have faith in midfielder Ross Barkley and wants to see England play to his strengths.

Hodgson has on more than one occasion voiced his thoughts over what he deems as a lack of defensive qualities in Barkley's game, prompting the former Liverpool boss to avoid making the 21-year-old a regular in the Three Lions midfield.

Speaking ahead of England's friendlies with Spain and France, Martinez believes Barkley should be given his chance in the starting line-up, claiming the youngster's ability going forward can add another dimension to England's attack.

"It's quite simple. People will look at what Ross does ­defensively, but I look at what he can do ­offensively against these sorts of teams," Martinez told The Mirror.

"These international teams when they lose the ball, there is space, but you need pace and power to break into that space. Ross gives you that.

"Those four seconds as soon as you win the ball, who can affect the game then in transition? He is the best in the business. But if England don't want to play like that, if they just want to wait and get set and have the ball, Ross is not special.

"We have got to that point where Ross Barkley knows how special he is and what he does. Depending on how they want to use him, he will be influential or not for England."