Roberto Martinez: 'Gareth Barry deserves England recall'

On-loan Everton midfielder Gareth Barry in action against Chelsea on September 14, 2013
© Getty Images
Everton manager Roberto Martinez thinks that Gareth Barry's experience could prove a valuable asset for England at the World Cup next summer.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has declared that Gareth Barry's experience and tactical awareness would be a valuable asset for England boss Roy Hodgson to call upon at next summer's World Cup.

Barry has not featured at international level for 17 months, with the last of his 53 caps coming in Hodgson's first game in charge against Norway last May.

Martinez believes that Barry still has plenty to offer Hodgson, particularly in a Three Lions squad which is increasingly full of more youthful options.

He told The Mirror: "I see Gareth as a very, very valuable option for England.

"What he brings onto the pitch is very difficult to find. There are few players who can bring that experience, that know-how, that tactical awareness, and he will always be a man who can offer a lot to the national team.

"Whether that's needed in the World Cup or not depends on circumstances, but often it is. And Gareth has such high standards in everything he does, we will see a very important player for Everton."

The 32-year-old has settled quickly under Martinez at Goodison Park, after making a summer loan switch from Manchester City in search of first-team football.

West Brom's Shane Long and Everton's Leighton Baines battle for the ball on August 24, 2013
Read Next:
Martinez calm over Baines future
>
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leicester CityLeicester362211364343077
2Tottenham HotspurSpurs361913467283970
3Arsenal361910759342567
4Manchester CityMan City361971068383064
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd35179943311260
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham351514660431759
7Southampton361691153391457
8Liverpool3515101059481155
9Chelsea351212115548748
10Stoke CityStoke36139143852-1448
11Everton351014115549644
12Watford35128153642-644
13Swansea CitySwansea361110153750-1343
14West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom361011153246-1441
15Bournemouth36118174363-2041
16Crystal Palace36109173646-1039
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3689193964-2533
18Sunderland35711174058-1832
19Norwich CityNorwich3587203561-2631
RAston Villa3637262772-4516