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Everton duo confirmed for U21s Euros

by | 02/06/2015  Comments (13)  jump
John Stones and Luke Garbutt have both been named in England's final 23-man squad for the Under-21 European Championships.

The duo were included in the provisional squad last month but have now had their participation confirmed.

The tournament takes places in the Czech Republic this year and kicks off in two weeks' time.  

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Steve Cotton
1 Posted 02/06/2015 at 16:30:49
is Garbutt still an EFC player?? DonÂ’t think he will be when this tournament starts.
Steavey Buckley
2 Posted 02/06/2015 at 16:59:12
Everton will start next season with just one recognisable centre-half. Things are starting badly even before the first ball has been kicked.
Sam Hoare
3 Posted 02/06/2015 at 17:07:01
Why just one Steavey? Stones will be back for the start surely. Plus we will obviously bring in at least one if not two CBs in the transfer window. Sooner rather than later if you believe the gaffer...which iÂ’m not sure I do.
Steavey Buckley
4 Posted 02/06/2015 at 17:26:37
Under FIFA rules, players who took part in under 21 or over 21 tournaments must have a certain time away before starting new domestic seasons. That means, the John Stones will miss pre-season and the first game of the season. So that means, Everton will have only one recognisable centre half available at present going into pre-season and first game of season. If Jags getÂ’s injured there will be none.
Sam Hoare
5 Posted 02/06/2015 at 18:42:27
DidnÂ’t know that Steavey. Will be interesting to see who partners Jags in pre-season. My moneyÂ’s on Galloway. Maybe Browning. Think CB will be our first purchase. Van Dijk, Evans or Ogbonna looking the most likely.
Harold Matthews
6 Posted 02/06/2015 at 19:12:07
Martinez has been talking about these things on the Official Site but TW doesnÂ’t seem to be interested.
Steavey Buckley
7 Posted 02/06/2015 at 20:36:06
Sam Hoare: Everton are still facing a centre-half crisis, because at the beginning of last season, Everton had 4 experienced centre-backs, now there is just 2. Brendan Galloway is being loaned out. And there is nothing for certain who will join the Everton 2.
Sam Hoare
8 Posted 02/06/2015 at 20:49:19
Steavey, I donÂ’t think Galloway will be loaned out and IÂ’ll eat my hat if we havenÂ’t bought at least one CB by the first game of next season. And IÂ’m pretty sure whoever that CB is will be better than Alcaraz!
Andrew Keatley
9 Posted 03/06/2015 at 02:14:35
I donÂ’t know the ins and outs of the FIFA rules Steavey, but unless there has been a big recent change then surely that would only apply to any players from teams that made the tournament final (or semi-finals perhaps).

There were certainly a lot of players – including most if not all England players – that played at last summer’s World Cup and also played on the first day of the Premier League season (and some pre-season games too).

Phil Sammon
10 Posted 03/06/2015 at 12:25:52

They may well be granted additional leave but no way will it run into the start of the Premier League.

Andrew Ellams
11 Posted 03/06/2015 at 12:30:30
I thought the period of extended leave was 3 weeks. If so, and as the tournament ends on 30 June, the latest they should be back at Everton is 21 July.
Patrick Murphy
12 Posted 03/06/2015 at 12:50:46
Everton are scheduled to be back in training on 6 July and they play Stoke in Asia on 15 July so if Andrew is correct we will – unless we sign somebody – only have Jags as a recognised Centre Back for the start of pre-season.

The lads arenÂ’t going to Austria this season but have pencilled in Sunday 2 August as a date to play at Goodison prior to the beginning of the new campaign.

Steavey Buckley
13 Posted 03/06/2015 at 13:11:12
Phil Sammon: when Deulofeu first came to Everton on loan from Barcelona, he could not train or play straight away because he had just finished an European Under-20 competition. And FIFA rules are strictly laid down when younger players can start again for their respective clubs, especially, if the England Under-21s progress further than usual, than the seniors.

More than that, Everton only have two experienced centre backs, and that includes John Stones. Brendan Galloway should not be included, because he has not played for Everton as a centre-back, but is expected to go out on loan, according to Martinez.

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