News of Everton players during this International Break starts with a red card for Moise Kean.

The Everton striker was in action for Italy Under-21s against the Republic of Ireland at the Tallaght Stadium, wheretThe 19-year-old clashed with Tottenham Hotspur striker Troy Parrott. After swapping shoves with one another, the referee decided to dismiss the pair after 64 minutes.


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Kieran Kinsella
1 Posted 11/10/2019 at 16:52:49
This UEFA qualifying is absurd. We had all last year the league of nations, all this year the group games, and all of that just to eliminate just 19 of 55 teams by the time the games wrap up and we enter the playoffs. So after two years worth of games, 36 of the 55 teams (65%) will have qualified or still have a chance to qualify come the "playoffs".

Why don't they just have meaningful sets of games over the two years and then have playoffs for say the last 8 as the finals? Oh, wait/// that is what used to happen in the good old days.

Kieran Kinsella
2 Posted 11/10/2019 at 19:50:11
Sigurdsson and Digne both start in Reyjavik with Sidibe on the bench.
Mike Corcoran
3 Posted 11/10/2019 at 19:55:42
England (Keane) can't defend the corner... Goal!
Jon Bentley
4 Posted 11/10/2019 at 19:56:17
I'm confused watching England. look very like our beloved Blues at defending set plays!! 🙄
John Keating
5 Posted 11/10/2019 at 20:35:47
At least Keane is consistent, whether playing for England or us.

In fact, apart from the colour of the strip, it could well be us playing.

Karl Jones
6 Posted 11/10/2019 at 20:45:45
Pickford and Keane in the England defence Surprise!... England concede a soft goal from a set-piece.
John Keating
7 Posted 11/10/2019 at 21:27:44
Is that Silva on the sideline for England?
Kieran Kinsella
8 Posted 11/10/2019 at 21:50:10
After the first 3½ games, it was as easy as pie so a bit of complacency was bound to set in.
Tom Bowers
9 Posted 11/10/2019 at 21:53:56
This guy Southgate is almost as poor as Silva. The best two England full backs are Walker and Chilwell. Danny Rose is just not up to the job.

Tyldesley on ITV is laughable. He says Henderson has had a great second half but the goon hasn't played decent forward pass all night.

Vardy on current form is left out and then Rashford who is out of form is sent on ahead of Abraham who is in scoring form. Go figure that one out.

As for Rice Sancho and Keane they are not deserving of inclusion. I would like to see James Madison play soon.

The Czech midfielders were much quicker and skilful on the break. Sorry but England are not yet good enough to do anything at the finals of this competition whilst Southgate is at the helm.

Kieran Kinsella
10 Posted 11/10/2019 at 21:59:57
Tom

Little Harsh on Gareth and England. Final four of World Cup, final four of League of Nations, first qualifying loss in 10 years. Vardy retired and Madison is injured.

Surely Sancho is deserving of a place based on his club form? That said, I agree on Rose. He wasn't in the team when he was playing well for Spurs; now, he is back when he's not.

David Pearl
11 Posted 12/10/2019 at 00:24:44
Kieran, l had high hopes when England had that unique formation with Walker in the back 3. But he's torn that up and is searching again for another formation... oh and he doesn't know his best team.

Anyone see Keane for the second goal? Left his man and ran towards the ball. Shame because he seemed to kick on last year. Surprised by his selection on current form. Same for Pickford. Had high hopes when we signed him but the doubts are still there.

Kieran Kinsella
12 Posted 12/10/2019 at 00:49:35
David,

Yeah I think Southgate got a bit carried away and thought we were better than we are so we could ditch the pragmatic approach. Hopefully he's smart enough to reconsider...

Andrew Keatley
13 Posted 12/10/2019 at 01:50:50
Kieran (9) - Fourth place at the last World Cup sounds great, until you drill down into the results. Group stage: Easy win v Panama, last-minute win v Tunisia, and defeat against a second string Belgium side. Knockouts: A penalty shoot-out win against Colombia, a comfortable 2-0 victory against Sweden, then knocked out in extra time v Croatia. Lost the 3rd/4th playoff against the Belgian first string.

As a group of results, they don't scream success. We had a relatively easy group, followed by an open draw that really should have led us to the final.

Southgate is articulate, calm and studied, but I think he's had a somewhat charmed run up to here. England are still a long way short of the best international sides in terms of consistency and squad depth.

David Pearl
14 Posted 12/10/2019 at 02:02:19
Kieran and Andrew,

Yes, an easy group of games that we scraped by till we were up against anyone with any quality. It was still nice to see him play something out of the blue and something to build on l thought but he's gone backwards. Is it the pressure of the job?

Of course, then you have Dele Alli, Dier, Lingard who have all gone backwards at club level, which hasn't helped him. Hasn't Southgate also been linked to us?

I currently want Silva to go but even Howard's way was luck to some extent with young players that all improved no end within the space of a couple of years. I remember as a 14-year-old slagging him off for dropping Andy King in favour of Trevor Steven or Bracewell. So there, proof that l can be wrong!! Oops.

Kieran Kinsella
15 Posted 12/10/2019 at 02:05:13
Andrew,

Not disagreeing but other managers have failed with similar paths. Roy Hodgson v Iceland, Taylor v Norway. We continue to lack class midfielders so I feel Southgate has done as well as he can with what we have.

Kieran Kinsella
16 Posted 12/10/2019 at 02:10:03
David

Too true. Remember the Cup-Winners Cup versus the Irish team, then Bayern a few months later? I just think Capello came up woefully short, Sven marginally short. Southgate is about where you'd expect.

Kieran Kinsella
17 Posted 12/10/2019 at 16:28:01
The International Break has done nothing to help our players' confidence. Coleman's comical error almost set up a Georgia goal. Digne won but was carded, Sigurdsson lost and carded. Kean sent off, Keane and Pickford beaten.

Tosun will be the only player returning with a smile.

Mike Gaynes
18 Posted 13/10/2019 at 17:40:33
BTW one amusing note from the Brazil - Nigeria friendly... Richarlison subbed on at half-time in place of Everton.
Derek Knox
19 Posted 13/10/2019 at 20:08:19
I see Vlasic has scored for Croatia against Wales, another no-hoper (?) who couldn't get in the side and eventually wanted to go, proving that Silva has no idea what a decent player is and how to play them.
Mike Gaynes
20 Posted 13/10/2019 at 22:03:48
Derek #107, yes Vlasic did take a decent goal in the Wales game, and given his performance a few months ago at Real Madrid he's obviously a quality international, but he doesn't have that much creative responsibility in a side with Luka Modric.

To be fair, however, if we missed out on a quality player, Silva obviously wasn't the only offender. None of our last four managers seemed to have much interest in him. Hell, he was with us that long and I never saw enough of him to form an opinion myself!!

Mike Doyle
21 Posted 13/10/2019 at 22:31:11
Andrew @13,

Southgate seems a decent guy, but like his predecessors can only do so much with the playing resource at his disposal. In the Euro's expect England to make the quarters or semis.

Of course, It's a knockout competition so there is always an element of luck / bad luck involved – which is why serious football people tend to focus on domestic league football. Roll on next Saturday.

David Pearl
22 Posted 13/10/2019 at 22:44:29
Look at when we had a chance to win something in Portugal a few months ago. Southgate's team selection made you think he didn't actually want to win it.

Mike, the front 3 look promising but the midfield and defence and shape look weak. I think he could be doing better with what he has. Then again, we are always in transition. The best international teams are more settled.

Anyway... bring on West Ham, it's been a long week!

Paul Birmingham
23 Posted 13/10/2019 at 23:20:57
It's an international lament when the players get back to Finch Farm.

Allowing for travel and recovery time as it is, we are going to the wire for a best 11 available starting line up for the Hammers.

But there can be no excuses due to travel, it's the same for all teams.

The Bear Pit waits with hope, which kills... Let's hope for a sound victory this weekend.

Darren Hind
24 Posted 14/10/2019 at 20:23:52
I wonder who that goalie is playing for England. Three times he has come right out of his goal to catch the ball
Paul Tran
25 Posted 14/10/2019 at 20:26:24
I've noticed that, Darren. Kept looking at his nose for bleeding. Can't help thinking he's asked to stay on his line when playing for us, which is nonsense. He has sprayed a couple of balls into touch, though.
Steavey Buckley
26 Posted 15/10/2019 at 18:01:44
Everton had 11 players chosen for international matches, 3 for England, 2 for France and 1 for Brazil, yet, Everton are 3rd from bottom. Either international football is sub-standard or Silva is not getting the best out of players?

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