So it's nearly time for action again in the pre-season, and the squad who travelled to Australia ahead of the three friendlies there has been revealed.
Travelling squad: Iain Turner, John Ruddy, Carlo Nash, Tony Hibbert, Seamus Coleman, Phil Neville, Sylvain Distin, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Shokdran Mustafi, Leon Osman, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Jack Rodwell, Mikel Arteta, Jose Baxter, Magaye Gueye, Louis Saha, Jermaine Beckford, James Vaughan, Victor Anichebe, Joao Silva, Lukas Jutkiewicz.
Tim Cahill will link up with the squad in Australia after a short break, and the other world cup players (Howard, Heitinga, Yobo, Yakubu, Pienaar, Mucha) will skip the Aussie leg of pre-season. Gosling and Fellaini stay behind for treatment on their long-term injuries.
Richard Porter, Posted 02/07/2010 at 13:42:54
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1 Posted 02/07/2010 at 15:12:40
Distin and Jagielka as our only out and out centre halves. I don't expect them to play the full ninety minutes of every game down under, and when they don't I hope Mustafi gets some playing time as well as Rodwell getting some more experience as a defender at this level, rather than Moyes opting for Phil Neville playing there.
2 Posted 02/07/2010 at 15:28:08
Are these games being shown anywhere??
3 Posted 02/07/2010 at 15:28:50
We have to learn from last season and sell to the highest bidder ASAP, otherwise another wasted season awaits.
4 Posted 02/07/2010 at 15:51:52
5 Posted 02/07/2010 at 15:47:49
6 Posted 02/07/2010 at 16:54:34
7 Posted 02/07/2010 at 17:40:02
Allan (2): Ruddy does have a profile on the website- look under Reserves rather than first team and you'll find him
8 Posted 02/07/2010 at 17:53:28
9 Posted 02/07/2010 at 18:12:01
When a player decides to move these days they go. Hope I'm wrong.
10 Posted 02/07/2010 at 18:22:29
11 Posted 02/07/2010 at 18:41:36
I would say the squad looks very weak in central midfield. But these initial pre-season games are rarely anything to judge by. It's not so long ago that we were getting beaten by amateur sides in the states or by lower league opposition. Simply a chance for players to get back to full fitness. I'm lucky enough to be passing through Brisbane in mid-July so have bought my tickets in the Everton end already!
12 Posted 02/07/2010 at 20:16:09
13 Posted 02/07/2010 at 20:55:19
14 Posted 02/07/2010 at 21:55:07
I think he may be staying.....
15 Posted 02/07/2010 at 23:28:45
16 Posted 03/07/2010 at 09:46:24
I thought that was his second career?
17 Posted 03/07/2010 at 12:25:58
18 Posted 04/07/2010 at 06:16:25
19 Posted 05/07/2010 at 08:11:34
20 Posted 27/07/2010 at 14:25:55
GK Tim Howard, Jan Mucha, Ian Turner
Def - Hibbert, Baines, Coleman, Distin, Yobo, Jagielka, Heitinga, Neville
MF - Fellaini, Cahill, Pienaar, Arteta, Rodwell, Osman, Bily, Gueye
FD - Saha, Beckford, Vaughan, Yakubu, Anichebe, Joao Silva
Not too difficult for us I think!
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