Roberto Martinez believes Everton’s on-loan midfielder Gareth Barry is doing enough to win back an England place in time for next summer’s World Cup.
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Barry has not played for England since May 2012, when he suffered a groin injury during a 1-0 friendly win over Norway -- Roy Hodgson’s first match in charge.
The 32-year-old missed Euro 2012 as a result of the injury, and was then unable to force his way back into the international set-up after losing his place at Manchester City.
But Hodgson was at Villa Park on Saturday to watch Barry, on a season’s loan from City, turn in an assured performance as Everton beat Aston Villa 2-0 in the Premier League.
Everton have won every match Barry has started this season, although Martinez said last week that it was too early to think about trying to sign him permanently.
The manager feels that Barry has maintained a youthful enthusiasm despite his vast experience.
Martinez told the Daily Telegraph: "You could never tell that he has played 502 games in the Premier League.
"He is a player who maybe doesn’t get the credit from the outside that he deserves.
"I wouldn’t say he has got anything to prove to England. He’s won the league, the FA Cup and played a big part with England. He’s still got a lot to offer. I don’t see why he shouldn’t play an important part for any team.
"Roy Hodgson has been very good with Ross Barkley, very good with Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines. I’m sure he knows Gareth Barry can give him something different. He is an experienced international."