Everton duo called up by England; Richarlison in Copa America squad

Friday, 17 May, 2019 39comments  |  Jump to last

Updated Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane have once again been selected by Gareth Southgate with the release of his provisional squad for the forthcoming Nations League finals.

The inaugural finals take place in Portugal next month and both Keane and Pickford are in the initial 27 players called up, with Southgate needing to pare that down to 23.

Pickford has been mostly ever-present since before the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia while Keane has cemented his place in the national squad over the course of 2018-19, a hugely improved season for him personally.

Meanwhile, Richarlison has been picked for Brazil's squad for this summer's Copa America. The moment he found out was captured on video and it's a heart-warming sight.


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David Ellis
1 Posted 17/05/2019 at 09:49:44
I hope Keane holds on to his spot. Great for him (and for us).
Dave White
2 Posted 17/05/2019 at 09:58:35
I always believed Keano would come good...glad we kept faith in him. Now if we can just keep Zouma...so with Chelsea’s transfer ban (assuming it gets ratified) does anyone know if they’ll still be permitted to loan players out?
David Pearl
3 Posted 17/05/2019 at 10:12:19
A David hattrick.
I'm sure they have a ban just on bringing players in.

I'm not liking the fact our players are still playing in the summer.

Alan J Thompson
4 Posted 17/05/2019 at 10:34:30
Does this mean these two won't be starting pre-season with the rest of Everton's squad and how many others are involved with other countries?
Jerome Shields
5 Posted 17/05/2019 at 10:40:01
Well done, Michael Keane in turning your career from strength to strength. Maguire will be pleased to have you alongside him.

Pickford has hopefully learnt a lot this season. He has made some career-ending mistakes. . . but has survived.

Spare a thought for Robinson – a really good goalkeeper – who fluffed a save; he wasn't so lucky.

Derek Knox
6 Posted 17/05/2019 at 18:54:55
There's pressure on Jordan Pitchfork, as Butland and Heaton are also in the squad, should keep him on his toes, and minimise the buffoonery, but I suspect Jordan will get the nod.
Frank Sheppard
7 Posted 17/05/2019 at 21:04:53
Good to see Keane get in the squad after a really strong season after a slowish start. It wasn’t that long ago he was getting a lot stick from the moaners on TW. Just saying
Tony Abrahams
8 Posted 17/05/2019 at 21:22:32
I hope Michael Keane, can prove me wrong Frank, because I’m still not convinced by him, even though his improvement this season has been very good.

Good luck to him and Pickford though, because just because I can be critical, it would be foolish not to want them both to do well.

Justin Doone
9 Posted 17/05/2019 at 21:34:18
England's best is some way off the Premier leagues best, never mind world's best.

Over the next few years I hope they do improve but more than anything they both need to stop the stupid mistakes and learn when not to rush into challenges when clearly 2nd best.

Both seem good lads and have had decent seasons overall. So if nothing else it's more practice and a different manager's take on what's expected etc.

On the tournament itself it's a bit like the league Cup. Nice to win but honestly not to bothered.

A definite improvement over meaningless friendlies. I think it better helps get into the winning mentality.

Martin Nicholls
10 Posted 17/05/2019 at 21:51:13
Alan#4 - I think it's only two games, the second of which is 9th June so shouldn't affect our pre-season !
Simon Smith
11 Posted 17/05/2019 at 00:00:33
Very happy for both of them, both deserve it too if I'm honest, both done excellent, especially after a rocky patch through the middle third of the season.

I'd have liked to have seen DCL given a call up too, just to give him a taste.

Dave Ganley
12 Posted 18/05/2019 at 00:37:58
Well done Jordan and Michael and richarlison too, hopefully they'll come back raring for the new season
Derek Knox
13 Posted 18/05/2019 at 01:53:28
Just watched the little video of Richie with friends and family, on hearing the news he had been picked again to play for Brazil in the Copa America.
Derek Knox
14 Posted 18/05/2019 at 08:32:27
Sorry, was early in the morning, I meant to add look how many of the young ones are wearing Everton tops, he would hardly do all that if he had any intentions of moving anywhere soon, as the various Media sources would have us believe.
Tony Abrahams
15 Posted 18/05/2019 at 08:32:32
Great bit of footage that was Derek, you could see how nervous the kid looked before his name was called out.
Jeff Armstrong
16 Posted 18/05/2019 at 08:51:24
Good for Richarlison to be in the squad, training and playing with some very gifted footballers and coaches, he might brush up his own technique somewhat, which is very possible at his young age.
Can’t help thinking Bernard should be in there as well, given current form.
Jay Wood

17 Posted 18/05/2019 at 16:11:05
That's a FANTASTIC video of Richarlison with friends and family, waiting nervously for the squad announcement.

What I most like about it is...it's humility.

It appears a very simple house and he is casually dressed, barefoot, sat on the floor surrounded by kids and adults, many sporting Everton shirts.

That suggests a well-grounded boy, still very close to his roots.


Mike Gaynes
18 Posted 18/05/2019 at 16:15:30
Jay #17, spot on.

Just turned 22. No jet set, just home with the family.

Michael Kenrick
19 Posted 18/05/2019 at 16:19:08
Jay, in Spanish it would be 'simpatico'; is it the same in Portuguese?
Jay Wood

20 Posted 18/05/2019 at 16:47:38
Yes, Michael.

The big concern I always have with Latin American players playing abroad is how they deal with 'saudades'. Literally, from Portuguese, it means 'home sickness', but culturally it has a much, much deeper emotion than simply 'missing home'.

From the footage I see here in Brazil on Brazilians in the PL, you often see young players in particular - like Richarlison and Gabriel Jesus - at home in England with a senior family member always with them, like the mother, as family is very, VERY strong in Brazil.

In Liverpool, I think it definitely helps Richarlison there is a strong Brazilian connection (players at both clubs) as well as a strong Portuguese presence within the club. He always refers to Silva as his 'father', for example, and I'm sure he is very sincere in the respect he demonstrates towards his manager.

Robert Williams
21 Posted 18/05/2019 at 23:08:48
Jay 20 'saudades'. Literally, from Portuguese, it means 'home sickness', but culturally it has a much, much deeper emotion than simply 'missing home'.

In Wales the word is 'hiraeth' that too has a far deeper emotion. It is more of a longing, a yearning, nostalgia, grief even. 'Hiraeth Mawr, hiraeth creulon' Deep cruel emotion!

Jay Wood

22 Posted 18/05/2019 at 23:40:12
That's very interesting Robert.

Does the word hiraeth have any association with 'health' by chance? Because saudades has it's root from 'saude' - 'health' - as related to the body, and can also be used as 'cheers!' when supping ale with mates.

The 'nostalgic' definition of 'saudades' in Portuguese originates from their greatest poet, Luís de Camões, who wrote an epic poem called Os Lusíadas, mostly concerned with the seafaring expeditions of Vasco da Gama and the 'nostalgia' his crew felt being so far from their motherland.

There is a strong Celtic culture in Portugal also. I wonder if there is any historical or linguistic link between Portugal and Wales, or whether Wales has its own literary epic from which 'hiraeth' is drawn from?

I wonder if Peter Jones (now there's a Welsh name for you!) who has contributed some cracking forensic linguistic pieces to TW on various words associated with the club has any insight he could offer on this..?

Billy Roberts
23 Posted 19/05/2019 at 08:43:42
In England "homesick " also means a lot more than missing your home.
Jay Wood

24 Posted 19/05/2019 at 18:11:29
Here's a treat for those who enjoyed the brief video on Richarlison being called up to the Brazilian squad. The Sunday Globo Esporte programme has just presented the following near 7-minute report of the same.


It's in Portuguese of course, but you get an even deeper impression of Richarlison's love for his family and how emotional it is for him to get the call up.

The little old lady at the start, in the garden, is his GREAT-grandmother. The lady in the kitchen who prepares a fried egg sandwich for him is his grandmother, then the small spectacled gent is his grandfather, who steered his grandson away from bad company (that would have ended with him in prison) and encouraged him to concentrate on his football.

His nervousness ahead of the announcement is clear. The pride in the entire family, particularly his mother and father, is self-evident.

The loud fireworks you hear going off outside is typical of how Brazilians celebrate any event, but particular when your team scores or wins.

I really love this piece.

Gary Russell
25 Posted 19/05/2019 at 18:51:29
He scored 13 goals in the Premier League for Liverpool, while he's also made a promising start to international football - having scored three goals in his first eight appearances for the Selecao.

Below the video of Richarlison and co's reaction, the above statement sits below it. Dear me! Good stuff Sport Bible.


Rob Halligan
26 Posted 19/05/2019 at 18:53:24
Jay, I'm sure it's a great video. Pity I can't play it. I think it's not available to be played in Britain.
Tony Abrahams
27 Posted 19/05/2019 at 19:15:55
Really interesting things you can learn on T/W, anything and everything, especially regarding how your state of mind, quite possibly controls the whole body.

Only saw that little clip, but I love the little street-kid, two to his right, who keeps looking towards Richarlson, but he looks even more nervous than him, possibly thinking “you’re not getting in here mate!”

I hope Richarlson has a great tournament, and I was wondering if you are going to any of the games Jay W?

Jay Harris
28 Posted 19/05/2019 at 19:51:38
Thanks for the link but it is unavailable in the us. I might have to do vpn change later.
Jay Wood

29 Posted 19/05/2019 at 20:50:58
Opps! Sorry about that guys! Well versed in having to use VPN's to access stuff from abroad.

The original link was directly from Globo's website.

Try this link on YouTube. Should work.


When his great-grandmother appears again at the end, sat on a sofa with Richarlison, he promises to dedicate his first goal, should he score in the tournament, to her.

Seeing him getting so much affection from so many little kids shows there is a LOT of love being shared, both ways.

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The problem I've found with VPN's with global coverage and servers in many different countries is, yes, they may work for a while, but then the likes of BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and 5, identify the rogue servers and encrypt their content so you cannot continue to use the VPN to see UK content from outside the UK.

UK Expat VPN doesn't have that issue and my access to UK domestic channels has never been smoother. For just £48 a YEAR, it's a steal of a deal.

Good possible advertising revenue for TW, Eds..?

Derek Knox
30 Posted 20/05/2019 at 06:33:47
Thanks Jay, brilliant that, you could see the genuine emotion of being with his family, and the ' almost ' surprise when the announcer his name as being confirmed in the squad.
Derek Knox
31 Posted 20/05/2019 at 11:49:48
Jay, as an after thought do you think that was when he was selected for the very first time, or more recently?

It,s just that, I can understand the TV Channel doing a film of Richie at home etc, but he 'just happened to do it when coincidentally, the announcement came on the telly.

Dave Abrahams
32 Posted 20/05/2019 at 12:28:20
Jay (24), I think Charlie’s greatgrandmother has a lot of sense, not getting involved in his chicken dance, as daft as Crouch’s and Surridge’s, not for anyone over six.
Jay Wood

33 Posted 20/05/2019 at 14:05:25
No Derek, it wasn't from back in the autumn when he was first called up to the Brazilian squad - it was last Friday, when the squad was announced live on TV. All genuine footage.

Now for sure some of it was contrived for the camera, and for sure it the whole shoot was organized in advance. That in itself was interesting to me as Richarlison was the ONLY player in the named squad Globo did this with. And they went out of their way to do so. This is a very small town in the interior of one of Brazil's smaller states, far from the likes of Rio or Sao Paulo.

He really is highly thought of in Brazil since he got into the squad (by accident, remember...he was a late call up after the original pick called off injured). This wee video will further cement his standing with Brazilians who take to and identify strongly with a 'good luck' story such as Richarlison's, as they can imagine themselves or their child in his place. This is a boy from an extremely poor rural family who at 14-15 travelled alone to one of Brazil's mega cities - Belo Horizonte - for a trial, with just the money of the one-way fare in his pocket. What might have happened to him if he wasn't taken on is anybody's guess.

Dave - yer gettin' yer avians mixed up! He's not doing the 'Funky Chicken' ala 'The Goodies!' His is the PIGEON dance!

To be fair to the lad, this is a contrived part of the film, when the interviewer asks him to do it in the living room full of family and friends when everyone joins in, and then he does it in the yard when his great grandmother asks him what it's all about. She thinks it's 'bonito' - beautiful. Richarlison is a bit sheepish I think (as opposed to 'pigeonish!') when he does this.

And it is clearly now part of the family lexicon as, when she embraces him towards the end, his mother describes him as 'nosso filho pombo' - 'our pigeon son!'

Plenty of Everton visual references throughout too, which I particularly enjoyed.

Dave Abrahams
34 Posted 20/05/2019 at 14:22:10
Fair enough Jay, although a pigeon is just a big chicken !!!
Dave Abrahams
35 Posted 20/05/2019 at 14:24:31
Jay (34), sorry Jay, a pigeon is just a SMALL chicken.
Jay Wood

36 Posted 20/05/2019 at 14:35:28
Don't ever invite me round to YOUR Sunday roast, ta very much Dave!

Was it Ken Livingstone, as Mayor of London, who got rid of the pigeons in Trafalgar Square describing them as nothing more than 'flying rats'..?

Dave Abrahams
37 Posted 20/05/2019 at 15:24:23
Jay (36), that’s one invite you won’t get then, we have them every Sunday, lovely, and pigeon pie during the week. We don’t tell our Tony, he thinks it’s chicken.
Jay Wood

38 Posted 20/05/2019 at 15:36:34
I'd love to know what you pass off as Christmas Turkey, Dave!

On second thoughts, as I see a vulture pecking at the rubbish outside waiting collection, I'd perhaps rather NOT know!

Dave Abrahams
39 Posted 20/05/2019 at 23:49:08
Jay (38), but you have asked, we have ostrich, not as good as pigeon I admit but the soup we make with the meat is gumpeous. Get Mrs Wood to try it, or bet still you make it, she'll fall in love with you all over again, a new lease of life for the two of you.

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