With the Euros approaching, fans have been reminded of what it means to athletes to play for their countries. While getting called up is never a guarantee because every season brings forward new talent, which makes betting on tournaments even more interesting, Everton players have long had a presence within national teams. This reality is especially true with England, where 69 Toffee players have accumulated a combined 557 caps for the country.
In light of Gareth Southgate confirming the squad for this year’s competition, which includes our own Jordan Pickford, 27, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 24, we’ve decided to look at some of the past Everton players who have played for The Three Lions. We also explore how this year’s selected Toffees compare in terms of caps won with their predecessors.
England Players from Everton
Now that England’s Euro squad has been finalised, Euro 2021 betting will shift away from who will make the final 26 to odds on group stage matches and outright betting. England has odds of 4/1 to win the Euros, making many believe football is coming home, despite reigning World Champions France having odds of 5/1. Even if England’s campaign in the Euros isn’t as successful as many are forecasting, at least two Everton players will be adding additional caps to their name. Ahead of the Euros, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has fewer than ten caps, while Jordan Pickford has around 30.
The 30 and Up Club
Pundits and bettors have forecasted that Pickford is Southgate’s number one choice. If that proves true, Pickford will be pushing to level the number of caps accumulated by Ramon Wilson. The left-back had 35 caps with England whilst playing for Everton from 1964 to 1969. Wilson was part of the England team that won the World Cup in 1966. Pickford also approaches Alan James Ball, who had 39 England caps whilst playing for Everton (1966–1971), and most recently, Leighton John Baines. Baines accumulated 30 caps and scored his first goal in England’s 5-0 win against Moldova in their opener to the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign. Baines played for Everton from 2007 to 2020.
Moving Into Double Digits
Calvert-Lewin made his international debut in 2020 against Wales. He has fewer than ten caps to his name, and even though it’s speculated he will play understudy to Harry Kane at the Euros, Calvert-Lewin continues to make headway in his international career, joining the likes of Joleon Lescott, who had seven caps to his name whilst playing for Everton from 2006–2009. Lescott scored in matchday one of the Euros in 2012 against France.
Calvert-Lewin is also approaching the same level as Keith Robert Newton. Newton played as a defender for Everton from 1969 to 1972. He ended his international career with 27 caps, eight of which came during his time as a Toffee.
The Euros this summer has brought about a lot of excitement and even more speculation. Bettors are studying match odds and outright betting while players are putting in extra hours on the pitch. As Everton fans, we can look forward to seeing some of our English players play summer football and hopefully contribute to England’s legacy as former Toffees like Leighton John Baines and Ramon Wilson did.