Roberto Martinez: 'English youth set-up best in the world'

Martinez: 'English youth set-up best in the world'
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Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that the English youth set-up is among the "best in the world", but warns that youngsters must experience first-team football to progress.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said that the English youth system is "the bets in the world", but also admitted that youngsters need to experience first-team football in order to progress.

Martinez has played 19-year-old Ross Barkley in each of the Merseyside club's nine Premier League games so far this season, but the Spaniard feels that many youngsters fail to make to grade because they fall into a comfort zone.

The former Wigan Athletic manager told BBC Radio 5 live: "The way that we develop players up to the age of 18 is the best in the world. Sometimes [it is] too good in certain aspects, because we've got absolutely every single facility.

"From that point on, the environment is not challenging enough to prepare our youngster.

"The boys need to go out on loan first-team football out of their environment to get them ready."

Everton host Tottenham Hostpur at Goodison Park tomorrow.

Leon Osman of Everton celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Everton at Villa Park on October 26, 2013
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