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Barkley dribbles 60 yards before unleashing rocket as Toffees thump Toon

Romelu Lukaku continued his good run of form by adding a second after the break.

Updated 22:30

EVERTON BEAT NEWCASTLE 3-0 at St James’ Park, thanks to goals from Ross Barkley, Romelu Lukaku and Leon Osman. Roberto Martinez’ men are now up to fifth in the league.

Barkley’s goal came in the first half and one the break. He dribbled 60 yards upfield before cutting inside the Toon box, ghosting past three men and rocking home an unstoppable drive.

Referee Lee Mason was significantly involved when he signalled advantage when Deulofeu was fouled as he chested the ball down — and Barkley certainly took advantage. He surged forward from midway inside his own half, leaving four Newcastle players in his wake before he angled his run into the area and, as Fabricio Colccini slipped, powered a shot high into Tim Krul’s goal.

BARKLEY Source: ExclusiveMusicTV

It was a memorable illustration of the technique and tenacity that will surely persuade England coach Roy Hodgson to include Barkley in his squad – and possibly in his team – at the World Cup finals in Brazil.

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Lukaku doubled the Toffee’s lead after the break after good work in the build-up by Gerard Delefeou. Lukaku set up Osman for the third goal in the 87th minute.

Everton are now six points behind fourth placed Arsenal, who drew 2-2 with Swansea, but have a game in hand.

– Additional reporting by AFP

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