Barkley's New Goals
Midfielder ready to rise to Martinez's challenge.
Ross Barkley says he is ready to push hard for a first-team starting role this term.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez said on Thursday that the pre-season form of Barkley and John Stones had given him welcome added options on the eve of the new Premier League campaign.
And fresh from scoring in England Under-21s' 6-0 rout of Scotland on Tuesday, the teenager is vowing to knuckle down and earn further chances to impress.
He told evertontv: "He [Martinez] said he wants me to enjoy my football and express myself on the pitch, score a few goals, do well and hopefully push myself into a starter this season. He's been positive and he's given me confidence and I feel like I'm playing well under him."
Barkley had to settle for a place among the Three Lions substitutes at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane but emerged from the bench to notch his first goal at the level on his fifth outing.
It halted a near two-year absence from the Under-21s side and now the Wavertree-born prodigy is targeting a more significant role with qualifying for the 2015 European Championships set to begin next month.
He said: "It was a good team performance against Scotland where everyone played well. [John] Stones and I played well and everyone put a good effort in. There were six different scorers so it was definitely a team performance.
"When the new manager comes in for the Under-21s, hopefully I will be able to be a starter for all the qualifying games for the next Euros and do well.
"Hopefully there will be a lot more goals too. And hopefully some for Everton as well."