Despite a sense of pride at three different Everton players representing England in recent internationals, I have little interest in the success or failure of the national team. This is a feeling that has developed over a number of years but has manifested through a disdain for anything connected to "Liverpool Football Club" and the … Continue reading Why my dislike for Liverpool has driven me away from England
Our Everton in the 80s section continues with a look at the crucial World Cup qualifiers for the FIFA showpiece event in Mexico 1986. With England already secure in the knowledge that they would be travelling to Central America in the summer, Northern Ireland, managed by former Everton player and manager, Billy Bingham, travelled to … Continue reading Everton in the 80s – Ex Everton boss leads Northern Ireland to the World Cup
Frustratingly the stories linking Leighton Baines with a move to Manchester United refuse to go away. Chester today have published a story claiming sources from Manchester United will table a 'serious bid' for Baines in the January window. The story appears to be short of exact quotes and speculates that United only valued the England … Continue reading Baines stories refuse to go away
Mikel Arteta was reunited with former Everton colleagues Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka today with England training alongside Arsenal at the North London clubs training headquarters, London Colney. It completed a busy few days for Arteta, who was also re-united with Tim Cahill over the weekend. Arteta looked delighted to be back with his former … Continue reading Arteta back with the Blues
The recent rise to national prominence of Ross Barkley has further highlighted the stilted progress of a former Academy graduate, Jack Rodwell. Rodwell burst onto the Everton scene as an incredibly gifted 16-year-old and four years later, still only 20, made his England debut to wide acclaim. Rodwell looked destined for a long and distinguished … Continue reading Sadness at Jack Rodwell’s stilted progress
When Ross Barkley joined England regulars Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines at Wembley for Friday's World Cup qualifier with Moldova, Everton had three current players on the pitch for England for the first time since 1988, when Gary Stevens, Trevor Steven and Dave Watson all took to the field in the European Championship group stage match with … Continue reading English Toffee – Everton influence on England is growing
In the first part of his exclusive interview with Everton TV, Roberto Martinez revealed he is keen for Phil Neville to remain at Everton in a coaching capacity. However, with David Moyes also chasing his signature at Manchester United, what would it take to convince Neville that his future continues to lie at Goodison Park? … Continue reading Neville to be Martinez’ number 2?
In the midst of enjoying yet another brilliant season for Everton, Leighton Baines produced a man of the match display for England on Friday night, however a number of 'leading' pundits continue to push the claims of Ashley Cole ahead of Everton's number 3 for the England starting jersey. If as expected, Roy Hodgson picks Cole to … Continue reading Baines, England’s number 3?
Following Wayne Rooney's omission from the Manchester United starting eleven for the Champions League match against Real Madrid, every man and his dog have weighed in with their opinion on the Scouse born striker. We thought we would throw our two-penneth in to the mix for what it's worth. When Rooney burst onto the scene … Continue reading Time for Rooney to come home?