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The Everton midfielder enjoyed an impressive season at Goodison Park and is set to travel to Brazil this summer, having been named in England's squad for the World Cup

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes Ross Barkley is so good that a chef could manage him effectively.

The 20-year-old enjoyed an impressive season at Goodison Park and was subsequently named in Roy Hodgson's England squad for this summer's World Cup.

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Everton are set to offer the youngster a new contract – with a wage increase of £20,000 – to ward off interest from the likes of Manchester United, and Martinez has praised the midfielder, claiming “he will be ready” to make an impact in Brazil.

“Ross is so good, a chef could manage him,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror. “Ross has been outstanding for Everton and there is no doubt he is a special talent that any manager or coach would love to have.

“Roy Hodgson will know how best to use him and if he gets his chance I am certain he will be ready. Nothing fazes him.

“He is as good a talent as you could wish to have. He has everything, technically and physically. He has the control, strength and composure. All you have to do is give him the environment to fulfil his potential.”

However, despite praising the England man, Martinez expects a South American nation to triumph at the tournament.

“From a football point of view, you can’t look beyond Spain and Germany for a winner,” he added.

“But look at where the tournament is being played and you will not get a European winner in South America. I don’t think that will change.”

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