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Duo pick up Everton awards

England hopeful Ross Barkley and Irishman Seamus Coleman were the big winners at Everton's annual awards dinner.

Barkley capped an impressive season by winning the players' young player of the year and Coleman was voted the club's player of the year.

Republic of Ireland international Coleman admitted he was honoured to have won his award after scoring an impressive seven goals from right-back this season.

He told Sky Sports News: "I really enjoyed the season. We had a new manager and he has been brilliant.

"Obviously we faded off a bit with the Champions League which we were aiming for but we'll take the Europa League and kick on again next season."

When asked what Roberto Martinez, who took over from David Moyes last summer, had added to his game the former Sligo Rovers player said: "He has helped me a lot.

"He has tweaked my game slightly and I've got a couple of goals this season which has been great for myself and I'm learning from him and the other coaches at training every day."

Barkley, 20, was equally delighted with his prize as speculation mounts indicating that the Liverpudlian could be included in Roy Hodgson's England squad for next month's World Cup in Brazil.

"It means everything to me," Barkley said. "It's good winning these personal honours, but to get them you have to play well and your team-mates help you out. So it's not just about me, it's about the team, (and) getting this now is what the players have helped me to do."

The midfielder also paid tribute to Martinez, adding: "He's helped me out a lot tactically, personally, on the pitch, off the pitch, made me more mature.

"I've learnt a lot by playing more."