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Roberto Martinez has Ross Barkley's best interests at heart

By Carl Markham

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has stressed there has been no decision yet and that the "right" one will be made with regard to Ross Barkley's possible participation for England Under-21s at the European Championships in June.

Earlier this week it was reported that Martinez would rather the 21-year-old Toffees midfielder spend this summer recharging his batteries.

When asked about the matter ahead of tonight's Europa League battle with Dynamo Kiev at Goodison Park, Martinez said: "Our relationship with the FA is very good.

"At the end of the matter it is going to be (about) what's best for the player and for the Under-21s in general.

"We are facing the most important period of the season for the team and for the player, so you can imagine that there is no decision that can be taken now.

"But our relationship with the FA and Gareth Southgate in this case is very close, and we are going to make the right decision based on what is going to happen between now and the end of the season and the needs that there are from the England team."

Hull City boss Steve Bruce has agreed a contract extension with the Premier League side, which he will sign today.

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