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Everton Internationals Head Out for Qualifiers and Friendlies

John Stones may miss out on the coming week's international fixtures, but plenty of other Toffees will be taking the pitch for their countries soon.

Opponents on Sunday, teammates on Monday.
Opponents on Sunday, teammates on Monday.
Michael Regan

Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka will both join the Three Lions in Euro Qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia, though Stones will miss out due to ankle ligament damage sustained against Manchester United.

Perhaps the state of England's national team can be summed up best by the fact that Roy Hodgson's side is calling on three defenders from the worst defensive team in the Premier League thus far this season, but hopefully England's less than stellar opposition can revive confidence in the Toffee defenders.

Additionally, Luke Garbutt, normally of the England U-21 side, trained with the senior squad this week, as Tom wrote here earlier.

Kevin Mirallas will also be an absentee for his native Belgium, but Romelu Lukaku is in the Red Devils' side set to face Andorra and Muhammed Besic's Bosnia and Herzegovina. Besic and Bosnia will also face Wales.

Darron Gibson will likely feature for the Republic of Ireland with James McCarthy absent, as will Aiden McGeady, who scored twice against Georgia in the last international break. Seamus Coleman has also been named to the squad, but will not feature in the country's first match, against Gibraltar. The Irish will then face Germany, which Coleman appears to have a chance to be fit for.

Steven Naismith will look to carry his good run of form over to international play when Scotland faces Georgia and Poland.

Outside of Europe, Bryan Oviedo recently withdrew from the Costa Rican roster to have a surgery to remove a screw from his leg, as Tom reporter earlier.

Tim Howard's international hiatus will continue as the United States plays a send-off game to former-Toffee Landon Donovan. The Americans will face off against Ecuador.

Christian Atsu and Ghana will face Guinea twice as they continue their journey toward African Cup of Nations qualification.

In addition, the following youth players will feature over the break as well:

  • Luke Garbutt for England U-21 in a Euro qualifying doubleheader against Croatia
  • Sam Byrne for Ireland U-21 in a friendly against Sweden
  • Chris Long for England U-20
  • Brendan Galloway for England U-19 Euro qualifying
  • David Henen for Belgium U-19 Euro qualifying
  • Jindrich Stanek for Czech Republic U-19 Euro qualifying
  • Harry Charsley for Ireland U-19

The break has come at an ideal time for the Toffees, so hopefully those participating in international matches can find their form, and those that are not can get rest or get healthy before the hectic schedule continues.