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Previewing Everton in the October Euro and World Cup Qualifiers

Everton have 13 players away on international duty over this international break, once again showing the strength in depth in the current squad.

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With the international break now upon us once again, eyes turn to the final round of qualification for Euro 2016.

Everton currently have thirteen senior players out with their countries, which will see them travelling to all four corners of the globe.

The majority are not just making up the numbers either, with several sure to be key to their national side's potential success. There are also a number of youngsters heading out on international duty, with some sure to be keen to make an impression on both their club and international managers.

We've taken an in-depth look at how things stand for the Blues current international stars.

European Qualifiers


Matches: Fri 9 Oct vs Estonia, Mon 12 Oct vs Lithuania

Group E Record: W8 D0 L0 (Group Winner)

Everton players: Ross Barkley & Phil Jagielka

With the England national side having already qualified comfortably, it should be a relatively relaxed international break for duo Ross Barkley and Phil Jagielka. Manager Roy Hodgson is sure to experiment with his squad, and both players will likely play a part in that. Jagielka especially will play a big part, with England's preferred centre back pairing yet to be set in stone.


Matches: Thu 8 Oct vs Poland, Sun 11 Oct vs Gibraltar

Group D Record:  W3 D2 L3 (4th place)

Everton Players: Steven Naismith

Steven Naismith is sure to play a big part in Scotland's hopes, as they refuse to give up their hopes of qualifying for France next year. They currently sit on 11 points, and must aim to achieve a better result against Poland than Ireland do against Germany to stay in contention for the play off spot.

Republic of Ireland

Matches: Thu 8 Oct vs Germany, Sun 11 Oct vs Poland

Group D Record: W4 D3 L1

Everton Players: Darron Gibson, Seamus Coleman, Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy.

Ireland currently occupy the play-off place in Group D, and will be keen to secure it ahead of Scotland, who sit four points behind them. They face a tough challenge to do so though, with hard games against the group's top two, Germany and Poland. Seamus Coleman will however, miss the game against the Germans, a big blow for Martin O'Neill.


Matches: Sat 10 October vs Andorra, Tue 13 Oct vs Israel

Group B Record: W5 D2 L1

Everton Players: Romelu Lukaku

Belgium are already assured of a play off spot at least, with them currently sitting second in the group behind star story Wales. They can however secure an automatic spot with a win over Andorra, and with Lukaku one of their key players; he is sure to play a big part.

CONMEBOL World Cup 2018 Qualifying


Matches: Thu 8 Oct vs Ecuador, Tue 13 Oct TBA

Everton Players: Ramiro Funes Mori

A total of 10 CONMEBOL teams play each other in this qualifying, with the top four teams automatically qualifying for the World Cup in 2018. After a strong start to his Everton career, Ramiro Funes Mori will be keen to help an Argentina side that will be missing talisman Lionel Messi.

CONCACAF Gold Cup/International Friendly


Matches: Sat 10 Oct vs Mexico, Tue 13 Oct vs Costa Rica
Everton Players: Tim Howard

Tim Howard took a leave of absence from the international scene following his superb performances in the 2014 World Cup, but is now firmly back in Jurgen Klinsmann's squad, competing with Aston Villa's Brad Guzan for the number 1 shirt. They take on Mexico in this game, with a place at the FIFA Confederations Cup up for grabs. He could also face Bryan Oviedo when they meet Costa Rica in a friendly.

International Friendlies

Costa Rica

Matches: Fri 9 Oct vs South Africa, Tue 13 Oct vs USA

Everton Players: Bryan Oviedo

Despite not having featured much for the Everton first team, Bryan Oviedo still finds himself a big part of his national side, and despite it being just a friendly, they will be keen to build upon their impressive 1-0 win over Uruguay back in September.

U21 European Qualifying


Matches: Wed 7 Oct vs Georgia, Tue 13 Oct vs Sweden

Group Record: P1 W1 DO L0

Everton Players: Gerard Deulofeu

Gerard Deulofeu captained the under 21's during the last international break, and will be keen to make an impression when they take on both Georgia and Sweden this time around. After impressing for Everton, he will be hoping to carry that form into the international side.


Matches: Tue 13 Oct vs Kazakhstan

Group Record: P1 W1 D0 L0

Everton Players: Brendan Galloway

Brendan Galloway's fine performances have garnered much praise from the Everton faithful in Leighton Baines' absence, and they have earned him an international call up. He could make his debut when they take on Kazakhstan, with them sitting top of their group after their first game.


Harry Charsley joins Republic of Ireland and Gethin Jones Wales for forthcoming Euro 2017 qualifiers.

Goalkeeper Russell Griffiths and summer recruit Mason Holgate have been selected by England Under-20s, Callum Connolly and Jonjoe Kenny will represent England Under-19s.

Tom Davies, who trained with the England senior squad this week, and James Yates have travelled with England Under-17s in time for the age group's World Cup finals in Chile.

Finally, James Graham and Nathan Broadhead will take part in Wales Under-19s' training camp and Aaron Jones will do the same with Wales Under-17s.