Digne and Zouma get France recalls

Thursday, 4 October, 2018 37comments  |  Jump to last
Lucas Digne and Kurt Zouma will make their respective returns to the France international fold next week after they were included in their country's latest squad.

The defenders, both new signings under Marco Silva and Marcel Brands this past summer, have been among Everton's best performers over what has been an indifferent start to the season and they have been rewarded by Didier Deschamps.

Neither player was in France's eventually triumphant World Cup squad in Russia, although Digne was names as a stand-by, but they will be hoping to see action in next Thursday's friendly against Iceland.

Elsewhere, Jordan Pickford was selected once again by England boss, Gareth Southgate, for the games against Croatia and Spain.  

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Paul Hewitt
1 Posted 04/10/2018 at 22:24:57
Just come back fit.
Paul Kelly
2 Posted 04/10/2018 at 22:42:38
Hopefully Hewey.

Barkley in the England squad, obviously, he's at Chelsea now.

Paul Birmingham
3 Posted 04/10/2018 at 22:48:03
Let’s hope there’s none of our players getting injured whilst on international duty.

All come back fit and ready to fight and battle for EFC.

Andy McNabb
4 Posted 04/10/2018 at 22:52:06
I can only echo those comments re fitness.

I'm always concerned how these international games will affect our Premier League form.

Liam Reilly
5 Posted 04/10/2018 at 23:28:43
It can only be good for the club's brand if it's players are being selected by the best international sides in World football.

if we want the best players to come, then this is the trade off.

With these two for France, and Charlie and hopefully Bernard gets back in the Brazil squad; it's good times.

Tony J Williams
6 Posted 05/10/2018 at 00:23:58
Can't believe Barkley is back in the England squad, how many minutes has he played?

Oh wait... he plays for Chelsea now – for fuck's sake.

10 games this season, played 90 mins in 3 of them.

Minik Hansen
7 Posted 05/10/2018 at 00:46:32
This should be the standard, Everton players on international duty. I have a good feeling Digne will be just fine. Fingers crossed with Zouma, he had that horrible knee to injury, I hope he is passed that and is strong enough to be fit all the way.
Simon Smith
8 Posted 05/10/2018 at 00:55:22
First and foremost, well in to the French lads for the recall, but id like to speak about England !

Is it just me being paranoid or what?

Stones and Barkley go to the World Cup, neither of them play a single second, they come back and Stones leaves.
Once at Man City Stones becomes main stay of England back line, Barkley plays every week for Everton and is dropped by England.

Barkley remains in the international wilderness, moves to Chelsea, gets injured so clearly doesn't get into next world cup squad. Once he's back fit and playing a bit part he then walks straight back into England squad.

Is it just me or does it seem players are better off leaving Everton to play for England ?

Jagielka and Baines didn't get as many caps as they should.

Lescott went from bit part player to first choice once he joined city too.

I know some of you have it in for Davies but I'm personally a fan... he captain's Everton becoming youngest ever player to do so, and can't get a mention. Bare in mind the squad contains a lad who has played 6 Premier League games in Maddison, a kid who plays for Derby, Deir who is shit and doesn't get ago for spurs, Henderson who is average, Chalobah who has played 1, yes 1 game for Watford this season, and Barkley who wasn't good enough when at Everton.

Then we have Kenny who again you could argue isn't up to it, that said he captained England to World Cup winners at his age group whilst winning the u2e league as captain of the blues, he then makes it into Everton's first team and again no mention. Look across the part and Alexander Arnold was taken into England's squad after a few games for Liverpool; same with Gomez.

Calvert-Lewin is another who has gained first team football after winning the World Cup with his age group and then becoming a regular within the Everton ranks. Instead, the young lad at Dortmund gets a call-up because he had the balls to go abroad to play his football. So let's agree that this is fair, he showed bottle, went to Germany and produced the goods, does that remind you of anyone?

Sounds to me a little bit like the Lookman situation, went to Germany, scored and assisted, week-in & week-out, again he's a blue, so no mention !

Many blues are on here moaning about these kids, but fact remains many of these kids played a good amount of games for the Premier League's 8th best team last season and have continued to progress this season.

Don Alexander
9 Posted 05/10/2018 at 01:21:21
Sorry to say that my take on what Barkley meant when he said yesterday, "I haven't had much coaching" was with reference to the mode of transport he's experienced to and from away games.

Or, if he's talking about football, does it mean that all the years he spent at Finch Farm, "perfecting" his game, was a complete waste of time?

I mean (again and again admittedly), surely those ever-present "personalities-who-get-Everton" employed as coaches by Kenwright, manager after manager after manager, cannot be the source of all our many woes after all... can they?

Derek Thomas
10 Posted 05/10/2018 at 01:26:23
Simon @ 8:

You're preaching to the choir, mate. It's not new, though, two words cover it over 50 yaers: Howard Kendall.

Andrew Presly
11 Posted 05/10/2018 at 01:33:31
We have to be honest about what each of us, players, staff and supporters, are here for...

Players and staff are here for money and, if they do okay, international recognition.

Fans want good times with friends, family, and – if I'm not mistaken at this club – trophies.

We are poles apart from what our fans and players want, need, can, or are forced to deliver.

Victor Yu
12 Posted 05/10/2018 at 04:29:13
Barkley is a good player. He is 5 times better than Davies.

Zouma gets back into the national team = he won't be with us next season.

Kenny Smith
13 Posted 05/10/2018 at 07:13:24
Victor @12,

You can't say 5 times in here!

And Barkley even looks poor next to Hazard and Willian. How he's even keeping an unfit Loftus-Cheek out the side is beyond me.

I'm please both are in the French squad. It can only be good for the club we've got 2 players who've found their way into a World Cup winning squad.

Sam Hoare
14 Posted 05/10/2018 at 07:47:35
It's a shame we didn't get a purchase option for Zouma. Even though he's had one or two shakey moments, he's quick and strong and decent enough on the ball. The closest thing we've had to Distin at his peak. If we had Zouma, Mina, Holgate and a rejuvenated Keane, I'd be feeling pretty good about our centre-back options over the next 5 years or so.
Colin Glassar
15 Posted 05/10/2018 at 07:49:53
Simon, it's always been like that, mate. Kendall, Harvey, McKenzie, Dobson, Lyons, Pejic etc — all great footballers, all English, about 10 England caps between them. Playing for Everton seems to be a handicap when it comes to being selected for the national team.
Jim Bennings
16 Posted 05/10/2018 at 08:19:26
I hate our players getting called up for these stupid international games mid season, come back with no injuries lads!

Oh and someone have a word with Ireland over Coleman eh!?

Victor Yu
17 Posted 05/10/2018 at 09:14:39
Even if we have the option to buy, it doesn't mean he would stay.

If he gets into the national team and shows he is a reliable centre-back, then there is no way he would stay with us. Why would he stay with us if Man Utd or PSG come calling?

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
19 Posted 05/10/2018 at 09:37:01
Three threads here

1. Great our non-English players are called up
2. Awful our English players are ignored and once they move they get called up
3. Don't get injured.

Very difficult choice - get called up and get injured and this forum will explode and melt the server (Coleman). Don't get called up and so a bias against playing for Everton and this forum explodes and melts the server.

Michael Lynch
20 Posted 05/10/2018 at 10:12:24
There are very few English players at the top level these days, so I'm sure Davies will get a call-up if he stops playing so poorly. Same goes for Calvert-Lewin – as soon as he scores a couple of goals he'll be in the England squad.

Personally I give very few fucks either way, though on balance I'd rather no Everton player is ever called up by their country because of the injury and tapping up potential.

James Hughes
21 Posted 05/10/2018 at 10:21:01
Phil, Yes we're a contrary lot, ain't we. Just no pleasing us.

Victor, are you by trade a professional mourner or is your middle name Marvin?


Rob Halligan
22 Posted 05/10/2018 at 10:36:17
Victor, if Zouma never kicks a ball for France this season, he still won't be with us next season. In case you have already forgotten, he's only on a 12-month loan deal with us.
David Ellis
23 Posted 05/10/2018 at 11:30:59
I think those that think Everton players are overlooked by England are suffering from a well known and natural confirmation bias. .

They know the players well, better from those at other clubs, so genuinely believe that these players, who all happen to play for Everton, are being unfairly overlooked. But was Dobson in the late 1970s better than, say, Trevor Brooking? Pejic better than Mick Mills? Baines better than Ashley Cole? Don't think so.

In the present day, is Davies or Calvert-Lewin or Kenny better than any picked for the England squad? Honestly, guys, I really don't think so. They're lucky to make our team; they aren't England players (yet).

Sam Hoare
25 Posted 05/10/2018 at 12:18:37
I'd say the only Everton player who's done enough to be close to joining Pickford for England is Michael Keane. I wrote him off last season (and still have my doubts) but he's looked a new player this season. It will be interesting to see how his performance this weekend compares with Harry Maguire.
Mike Gaynes
26 Posted 05/10/2018 at 15:25:52
Agree, Sam. I remain unconvinced also, but he has been much more assertive this season.
Victor Yu
27 Posted 06/10/2018 at 02:10:50
If Davies and Calvert-Lewin were with Chelsea, then they would barely be good enough for their U23 team.

Kenny is also not ready yet. If you watch our games, most of the danger from the other team comes from his side.

Simon Smith
28 Posted 06/10/2018 at 22:27:58

I agree that, if both kids were at Chelsea, they wouldn't play... but they're not!

Imo your comments often point to the likes of Chelsea, Mn City and whoever else but you don't ever seem to realise that we don't have that type of financial clout.

We are Everton, we have one £50M player, 4 or 5 £20M+ players and a similar amount of cheap bargain style signings. Along with the above, we have a handful of kids who make up our squad.

Chelsea, on the other hand, have 15 x £30M+ players, 10 x £20M players, and that's their squad complete.

You must see why it's hard to compare both squads!

Michael Kenrick
29 Posted 06/10/2018 at 22:49:23
I guess you're right, Simon. For all the millions we've spent, we still come in 7th, and Chelsea's squad (4th) is valued at more than twice ours is (per Transfermarkt).
Peter Gorman
30 Posted 06/10/2018 at 23:03:43
"If Davies and Calvert-Lewin were with Chelsea, then they would barely be good enough for their U23 team."

Typical Victor garbage – you do realise our U23s are better than theirs?

Simon Smith
31 Posted 07/10/2018 at 00:33:22
Sam @25,

Keane was much much better than Maguire today but imo he's very suspect when he's defending against pace. He has to learn he's not as quick as a lot of forwards and adapt his game accordingly. That said, he's playing reasonably well for us atm.

David Ellis
32 Posted 08/10/2018 at 05:16:30

I think Maguire's advantage is that he's better at bringing the ball out of defence. He's good running forward with the ball and this is essential to the back 3 formation that England use. Keane is more mobile than Maguire and just as good a defender.

I too am pleased he's become the player we signed from Burnley. He did just about deal with Vardy, and busted a gut to put him off for that one-on-one that Vardy put wide and didn't concede a penalty either, very good effort.

Simon Smith
33 Posted 08/10/2018 at 09:03:04
Agreed, David, long may his form continue.
Charles Barrow
34 Posted 08/10/2018 at 12:10:16
I think it's true that, if you play for certain clubs, you are more likely to get picked for England. But really Barkley deserves his place when you look at the other options.

I really think those Blues who constantly say he'll end up on the subs bench for Fulham (or any other mid-table side) are deluded. The guy is a class act but unfortunately it all went wrong for him at Everton. One day we'll find out why.

Sam Hoare
35 Posted 08/10/2018 at 12:19:24
The stick that Barkley, Lukaku and Stones got whilst here was/is laughable. None of them are perfect but they are all very good players and if we had them now with the likes of Bernard, Digne, Richarlison, Sigurdsson etc and Silva then we'd really have some team.
Tony J Williams
36 Posted 08/10/2018 at 12:38:21
What's Barkley done to justify the call up though? A handful of appearances and he was guilty of giving the ball away which led to the Redshite's last-minute equalizer.

I'm all for players improving, but he has done nothing of not at all since he has been at Chelsea

Saying that, AFTER his call up, he lays one on and scores one.

Tom Bowers
38 Posted 08/10/2018 at 12:40:03
Getting selected for England is somewhat less of an achievement these days compared to the old days when getting selected was based on more than a couple of decent games for your club team.

Ever since Leon Osman got picked almost at the end of his career, which by the way wasn't filled with many outstanding performances, I have been very critical of those at the helm and Southgate is no different.

Lewis Dunk, at the heart of a rock-solid Brighton defence gets selected, give me a break !

Trevor Peers
39 Posted 08/10/2018 at 12:43:48
Still an obsession with Barkley amongst some on the TW. Sad to see, really; after al,l he was the one one who decided to leave after being offered a massive contract by Kenwright; hardly makes him a class act.

He had the full backing of the crowd but showed us no loyalty, he let his contract run down and earned himself an even better contract. Koeman signed a better replacement and, as he's scored already in a derby game, Sigurdsson has done something Barkley never came close to doing.

Not a popular figure amongst blues fans anymore, deservedly so.

Charles Barrow
40 Posted 08/10/2018 at 13:38:34
Trevor - I agree that it looks like he abandoned Everton; I was pissed off at what seemed like his disloyalty. But, as everyone knows, there is no loyalty in the modern game. I just think he's not as bad a player as some seem to think.

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