Rumors Suggest Hodgson Aiming For Younger Players
Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that he is confident that youngsters Ross Barkley and John Stones will be extremely good for the England national team if they are selected for the World Cup 2014. Rumours suggest that England manager Roy Hodgson is about to name a very youthful looking squad for the World Cup. He is about to do away with the likes of Ashley Cole and Michael Carrick, who have been a major part of the England national team for several years now. In their place, he is expected to call Barkley and Stones.
The duo have done extremely well with Everton this season and they have helped the club secure Europa League football for next season. Barkley has scored seven goals in the league this campaign, while Stones was an unknown quantity before making his debut for the club. After having been a regular in the last few matches of the season, Stones proved that he is capable of playing along with the best in the world. Barkley has been consistently linked with a move to Manchester United and Chelsea in recent years.
Martinez says that the club are extremely delighted to qualify for Europe once again and he is also confident that the youngsters from the club will do justice if they are selected.
"There is always the opportunity of representing the senior side. But, if not, there is the Toulon tournament. One way or another they are going to be busy. That was one of the reasons that we had to look after them a little bit and make sure they into the summer without a risk of injury. They've been regenerating all week and are ready for whatever comes their way. I trust Roy Hodgson's vision,” said the Everton manager, who has himself received a lot of plaudits this season.