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Previewing Everton in the November Euro 2016 Qualification Playoffs, World Cup 2018 Qualifiers, and International Friendlies

Several Toffees will be traveling across the globe to represent their countries in the last international break of 2015.

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Several Toffees will be traveling across the globe to represent their countries in the last international break of 2015

Roberto Martinez will be both excited and anxious about the prospect of this weeks international break, as 14 of his senior players will be heading out to represent their countries.

The growing number of players in the Everton side representing their nations demonstrates the continued growth in Martinez's side, validating the work Martinez, his staff, and the board have done to put together and improve the players at the club.

Of course, with the Toffees as close to healthy as they have been all season, the timing of the break is less than stellar, as any injury to a major player at this stage could set back months of work toward having Martinez's best XI available during the crucial holiday fixture period.

Without a doubt though, Evertonians will not be bored during the break, with the following matches involving Blues taking place over the next two weeks.

Euro 2016 Qualification Playoff

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Matches: v. Republic of Ireland on Friday, November 13; at Republic of Ireland on Monday, November 16

Everton Player: Muhamed Besic

Besic, who has not appeared for his country since a September suspension stemming from a bizarre incident in which he threw his chewing gum at another player, is a part of the Bosnian and Herzegovinan side which will face the Republic of Ireland in a two-match playoff for the right to play in Euro 2016. Besic appeared in his country's first eight qualifiers, so expect to see him back in the lineup for the first leg on November 13.

Republic of Ireland

Matches: at Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday, November 13; v. Republic of Ireland on Monday, November 16

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

Four Everton players will face Besic in the playoff, with Coleman and McCarthy almost guaranteed to start both legs given their form and health. McGeady appeared as a substitute in Ireland's victory against Germany and loss to Poland in October, while Gibson has only appeared twice for his country during the entire qualifying campaign due to fitness issues. The winning club on aggregate over two legs will secure a place in Euro 2016, while the loser will not be attending.

World Cup 2018 Qualifying


Matches: v. Brazil on Thursday, November 12; at Colombia on Tuesday, November 17

Everton Player: Ramiro Funes Mori

Everton's new center-back has only three caps to his name, but was thrust into the Starting XI after Argentina struggled in a 2-0 loss to open World Cup Qualifying in October. Funes Mori played the full 90 in Argentina's 0-0 draw to Paraguay in their second qualifier, and could feasibly be in line for another start given his regular involvement with his club side. Though the long South American qualification process has only just begun, this are important matches for Argentina. The South American giants are without Lionel Messi, only have one point from their first two matches, and are facing two of the best sides in their confederation.

United States of America

Matches: at St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday, November 13; v. Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday, November 17

Everton Player: Tim Howard

Howard, somewhat under fire for his play on Merseyside, will fly to his home country and face similar uncertainties. After losing the Gold Cup and CONCACAF Cup without Howard over the summer, US manager Jurgen Klinsmann has not yet committed to either Howard or Aston Villa keeper Brad Guzan as his top goalie for the upcoming campaign. The United States should have no problems dispatching two clearly lesser sides, but nothing is certain after a summer of disappointment and upheaval under Klinsmann.



Matches: at Italy on Friday, November 13; at Spain on Tuesday, November 17

Everton Players: Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas

With Christian Benteke and Divock Origi struggling to make significant impacts at Liverpool, Lukaku may get an opportunity to lead the line in two high-profile friendlies. Belgium, the top side in the world according to the most recent FIFA rankings, will take on the always dangerous Spain and an Italian side which coasted through Euro qualifying. With their new-found legitimacy on the line, Marc Wilmots' men may come out with something to prove in these ultimately meaningless matches.


Matches: v. Spain on Friday, November 13; at France on Tuesday, November 17

Everton Players: Ross Barkley, John Stones

The Three Lions have an equally intriguing set of friendlies in the coming weeks, with Barkley and Stones being given another chance to make a case to start at the upcoming European Championship. With Phil Jagielka out and Gary Cahill's Chelsea struggling, Stones could be given a chance to stake a claim to a starting role in the center of the backline, while Barkley could be competing with Raheem Sterling, Wayne Rooney, and Adam Lallana to be England's preferred No. 10.

2017 U-21 Euro Qualifying

England U-21

Matches: at Bosnia and Herzegovina U-21 on Thursday, November 12 ; v. Switzerland U-21 on Monday, November 16

Everton Players: Tyias Browning, Brendan Galloway

After appearing multiple times for Everton's senior squad, these two young defenders could be in line for their first appearance with England's U-21 side. England has taken all six points from their first two qualifying matches, but still trail Norway and Switzerland in their group, which have played four and three matches thus far, respectively.

Spain U-21

Matches: v. Georgia U-21 on Thursday, November 12; at Croatia U-21 on Tuesday, November 17

Everton Player: Gerard Deulofeu

Deulofeu's side also sit third in their group, having taken 7 points from their first three matches. As Deulofeu had been featuring regularly for the Spanish U-21s before earning a starting spot for the Toffees, it would be a major surprise to see Deulofeu not start against Georgia and Croatia.

Academy Players

Players Team
Mateusz Hewelt, Sam Byrne, Harry Charsley Ireland U-21
Mason Holgate, Russel Griffiths England U-20
Ryan Ledson, Jonjoe Kenny, Callum Connolly England U-19
James Graham, Nathan Broadhead Wales U-19 has provided the following schedule of all upcoming international fixtures involving Everton players: