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Three Everton players ready to make an impact at the World Cup this summer

Ruari Macneil

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With the World Cup approaching rapidly, players with the chance of being involved look to finish the season as strongly as possible, to stand the best chance for selection and take some good form into the competition.

With 14 different nationalities in their first-team squad, Everton will have a strong representation at the World Cup this summer, if selection goes the right way.
The following are three Toffees stars who should aim to make a significant impact at this summer’s finals:
Jordan Pickford

Since the decline of Joe Hart, the England number one position has prompted quite a debate. The inexperience of the ‘keepers in and around the squad is perhaps why the position has become such a hot topic, with the four or five other options having less than 20 caps between them.
Pickford, who has two caps to his name, is in genuine contention for a starting position, with Jack Butland standing as his main competitor and, should Pickford earn a start and take his chance, the 24-year-old will be putting his hand up to be the Three Lions goalie for the foreseeable future.
Gylfi Sigurdsson

Gylfi Sigurdsson and his Icelandic warriors took the Euros by storm last time out, as they defied all odds to reach the quarter finals, beating England along the way. The former Swansea star is probably his country’s top performer and, after a tough first season with Everton, the 28-year-old will be hoping he can finish the campaign on a high and help his nation of underdogs to another stunning achievement at a major tournament.
Sigurdsson found the back of the net for his country at the Euros last time out and, if Iceland make any sort of an impact like they did in 2016, the Toffees star will have a huge role to play. He heads a strong and experienced contingent of five English-based players who have 236 caps between them. Faced with a group featuring Lionel Messi, Luka Modric and Victor Moses, the competition for qualification to the knockout rounds will be tough, but Sigurdsson and his teammates proved their are a genuine force two years ago.
Idrissa Gueye

Idrissa Gueye is highly experienced at international level with 58 caps for Senegal and will be hoping his star-studded side can make their stamp on the tournament. Often that one of the African nations turns out to be the surprise package of a World Cup finals, and the Toffees midfielder will be looking to carry on that tradition alongside fellow Evertonian Oumar Niasse.
With some serious fire power up front with Sadio Mane, Mame Biram Diouf, Keita Balde and Moussa Sow, Gueye’s role in midfield will be vital, to allow the previously mentioned players to thrive. Drawn against Japan, Colombia and Poland, the former Aston Villa ace has a genuine chance of reaching the knockout stages.

Life long lover of sport in general with a soft spot for football. A consistent defender of Scottish football as a spectacle. Desperately waiting to see my country qualify for a major tournament.

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Everton round-up: Lookman battle, Veloso wanted and Richarlison disappointment

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.

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Lookman fight

Everton are still fighting to keep hold of Ademola Lookman this month. Ot has been reported that a new big money bid has been made for the England youngster from German side RB Leipzig.

The Toffees talent thrived on loan in the Bundesliga last season and is therefore on the radar again.

However, according to The Times, Everton remain determined to keep him.

Marco Silva sees him as a hot prospect and is also aware that Yannick Bolasie is likely to leave before the end of the month.

BERGAMO, ITALY – APRIL 29: (L-R) Miguel Veloso of Genua, Bryan Cristante of Atalanta during the Italian Serie A match between Atalanta Bergamo v Genoa at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d Italia on April 29, 2018 in Bergamo Italy (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Veloso wanted

Everton are reportedly looking at the potential signature of Miguel Veloso. The Portugal international is a free agent having left Genoa this summer.

According to TEAMtalk, the Toffees are said to be interested in signing him, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 56-cap midfielder would add excellent strength in depth to the midfield at Goodison Park.

Richarlison disappointment

Richarlison has admitted he is disappointed not to have received a call-up to the latest Brazil squad.

The Everton newbie has enjoyed a fantastic start to life at Goodison Park and was being tipped to receive a call-up.

However, the 23-year-old has been left out of Tite’s squad for upcoming games with the USA and El Salvador.

Richarlison admitted to UOL Esporte that he was looking forward to a call-up and was disappointed it never came.

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Everton loan watch: Garbutt woes continue, Onyekuru scores, Martina must wait

Everton saw Henry Onyekuru net his first goal of a loan spell at Galatasaray this weekend.

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As Everton defeated Southampton 2-1 at Goodison Park, how are those away from the club on loan getting on?

Luke Garbutt – Oxford United

The left-back’s poor form continued this week. He was hauled off after 62 minutes as Oxford United lost their third game in a row in League One, 4-1 to Portsmouth.

He might find himself out of the team for the midweek clash with Accrington Stanley.

Henry Onyekuru – Galatasaray

A day to remember for the Nigerian forward. He scored his first goal for his new club. It also proved to be the winner in a 1-0 triumph over Goztepe.

Shani Tarashaj – Grasshoppers

Was not in the matchday squad as Grasshoppers changed things up for a Swiss Challenge Cup match v lower league opposition SC Buochs.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 05: Cuco Martina of Everton arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on May 5, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Ashley Williams and Cuco Martina – Stoke City

The Potters are still looking for their first win of the season. They fought to a 2-2 draw with Preston North End this weekend.

Martina was not in the squad. However, Williams started and finished the game.

Antonee Robinson and Callum Connolly – Wigan Athletic

Wigan drew 2-2 with Nottingham Forest this weekend. Both men featured. Robinson played the full 90 minutes, whilst Connolly came on for the final 15.

Nikola Vlasic – CSKA Moscow

The young Croatian played 80 minutes on his debut for the Russian side. CSKA defeated Arsenal Tula 3-0.

Kevin Mirallas – Fiorentina

La Viola’s opening game of the season at Sampdoria was postponed following the tragic Genoa bridge collapse. Genoa’s game with AC Milan was also postponed following a state of emergency being called for the city.

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Cenk Tosun is an excellent leaving gift for Everton from Sam Allardyce

The Turkish striker has been in fine form for Everton.

Mathew Nash

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Everton have enjoyed a decent start to the new season. The Toffees have a draw and a win from their opening two games. However, it is the style of football and the positive attitude that has Everton fans enjoying watching their side once again after a dire 2017-18.

Ronald Koeman clearly lost the dressing room and his replacement Sam Allardyce lost the fanbase. The latter may have kept Everton in the Premier League, but no Evertonian was disappointed to see ‘Big Sam’ get the boot.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 11: Cenk Tosun of Everton during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton FC at Molineux on August 11, 2018 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

However, he has left Everton with a player who is quickly winning fans over at Goodison Park. In January, Allardyce pushed for a new striker and got his man with the £27 million signing of Cenk Tosun from Besiktas.

After a slow start, the Turkish star came into his own last season and, despite being goalless this term, has been excellent.

It is no coincidence that Everton’s other two attackers, Richarlison and Theo Walcott have been in such impressive form so far. Tosun’s link-up play and hard work have allowed them to thrive and that has helped him swiftly become a firm fan favourite among the Everton fans.

Now, if Tosun can start scoring some more regular goals, he could be a fantastic leaving present from Allardyce.

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