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Blues trio watch on as England win in Slovenia

14/06/2015  Comments (19)  jump

England took on Slovenia in a tea-time kick-off in the capital, Ljubljana without any Everton players in the starting XI, and eventually prevailed 3-2.

Phil Jagielka, Ross Barkley and Tom Cleverley were unused substitutes as Roy Hodgson's men came from behind to lead 2-1 through two Jack Wilshere goals before Nejc Pecnik pegged them back to 2-2 with an impressive header.

Ex-Everton striker Wayne Rooney grabbed the winner, though, to keep the Three Lions on course for next summer's Euro2016 tournament in France.  

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Dave Abrahams
1 Posted 14/06/2015 at 16:42:28
IÂ’m never really interested in England so, without any Everton players in the team, it wouldnÂ’t bother me if they get beat. In fact, itÂ’s never worried me in the past if they lost; If the Blues boys played well that was enough for me.
Gareth Fieldstead
2 Posted 14/06/2015 at 17:42:28
DonÂ’t like any internationals. Injuries suffered, Southall (cost us the double) to players leaving shortly after being involved in international tournaments, Keown, Kanchelskis, Rooney, Lineker, Stevens, Barmby etc. Not bothered whether they win, lose or draw.
Stephen Brown
3 Posted 14/06/2015 at 19:59:22
Lee Dixon commented that Roy Hodgson doesnÂ’t know his 1st choice left back - Shaw or Gibbs?! ThatÂ’s a bit harsh on Leighton Baines I thought!
Ant Dwyer
4 Posted 14/06/2015 at 21:21:01
Wow, Stephen Brown you are exactly right. Baines is head an shoulders above Shaw and Gibbs.

I think Ross Barkley needs to use his time on EnglandÂ’s bench to reflect on his future, if he canÂ’t get in over some of them, heÂ’s doing things massively wrong.

John Paul McGurk
7 Posted 14/06/2015 at 22:50:38
Smalling & Jones are rubbish
John Keating
8 Posted 15/06/2015 at 09:10:46
More than happy they didnÂ’t play. Now get yourselves on holiday, get back to Finch Farm and get yourselves ultra fit!

Far more important how you play for us.

Tony Abrahams
10 Posted 15/06/2015 at 09:11:31
Rooney just two goals away from being EnglandÂ’s record goalscorer was sold by Everton at just 18 years of age.

Sold too early and way to cheaply, I hope itÂ’s true this money kept our club afloat.

Brian Harrison
11 Posted 15/06/2015 at 09:16:16

I agree about selling Rooney too early and too cheaply, but Ferguson said he was quite prepared to wait a further season and his hand was forced, when it was rumoured that Newcastle had bid for Rooney. To be fair to Rooney, if he had stayed ,he wouldnÂ’t have won the medals he has, and certainly wouldnÂ’t have earned anything near what he has at Man Utd.

But the days of any club keeping a talented youngster out of the clutches of the mega wealthy are long gone. The money and the lure of trophies is too big a temptation to turn down.

John Keating
12 Posted 15/06/2015 at 09:56:07
IÂ’m sure Rooney is contracted to United until 2019, so heÂ’ll be 33-34? We might get a season out of him as, if we go on as we are, a 34-year-old Rooney would be head and shoulders above the clowns we have!
Tony Abrahams
13 Posted 15/06/2015 at 10:03:02
Agree Brian, I got over Rooney a long time ago but it still makes me sad to think how cheaply he was sold.

John, I might be wrong but, if Rooney is as big a blue as IÂ’m led to believe, IÂ’m sure he will want to play for Everton again before his career ends.

"He canÂ’t be that big of a blue if he left us at 18" will be the biggest response, so I wonder what percentage would welcome him backÂ’?

John Keating
14 Posted 15/06/2015 at 10:20:11
Tony I donÂ’t know what percentage would have him back. I know I am a Blue and want the best for my team and I would take him back in a heartbeat! There will always be supporters who wouldnÂ’t accept him back and thatÂ’s their opinion.

Last season, under Moyes, I believe before he signed his new contract, Chelsea offered 㿀 million for him. Mourinho is a shrewd bugger and knows his worth.

Looking at our team today do you think Rooney would get in? Even at 34 heÂ’d get in!

Tony Abrahams
15 Posted 15/06/2015 at 11:09:42
Disagree Brian. Whilst he might still be good enough at 34, I think if he left it that late IÂ’m not sure many people would accept him. If heÂ’s to play for Everton again itÂ’s got to come in the next two years for me.
John Keating
16 Posted 15/06/2015 at 11:36:48
Then I doubt it will happen, Tony. In the next two seasons, Rooney still has time to pick up a shedload more money and silverware! What would he get with us?

He was a kid when his head was turned by money and stardom and why not? Who would have turned that down. Look what heÂ’s achieved. More than our whole squad put together.

Now if Chairman Bill had said heÂ’d spend billions building a team around him then maybe things would have been different. Think what he would have finished up with had he stayed? Everyone was pissed off when and how he went but if it was you at that age?

Tony Abrahams
17 Posted 15/06/2015 at 12:25:50
I would have stayed, John. ItÂ’s hypothetical really but my love for Everton would have kept me there for a couple more seasons. I do believe that Everton had to sell though.
David Graves
18 Posted 15/06/2015 at 13:07:37
Agree Stephen. Have I missed something or is there a reason why Leighton Baines wasnÂ’t included in any of the discussions by the "experts" regarding EnglandÂ’s first choice left back?
Murdo Laing
19 Posted 15/06/2015 at 17:25:11
Yes David #18. The reason is, they are a bunch of gobshites. Baines is the stand-out candidate ahead of Shaw, who has ongoing problems with fitness.

A good rest is in order for LB this summer but, conversely, I hope John Stones plays every minute of the U21 tournament as that lad needs more tournament football, as heÂ’s not had enough games under his belt last season.

Overall, good Everton representation with England, Ireland and Naismith with Scotland; letÂ’s just hope for no bad injuries.

Mike Childs
20 Posted 16/06/2015 at 02:12:40
As a Yankee come lately I was not around when Rooney left. As I have watched hm the last 5 years, as Man Utd is the star burner of football in America, I would hope he comes home. Sure heÂ’s a wanker and cryer but you canÂ’t deny his passion.
Jimmy Salt
21 Posted 17/06/2015 at 07:06:01
Why would anybody want a post 30 rooney playing for Everton,, look forwards people.
Tony Abrahams
22 Posted 17/06/2015 at 08:18:42
Jimmy, if he came to us next year after the Euros, I would love to have Rooney back; any later, no thanks.

I know the kid has thick skin, but surely the fact that he could never walk down Goodison Rd with his kids to watch Everton, must be something he thinks about?

Loads of people would be outraged, but loads of people are not outraged with the way Everton are being run.

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