In a welcome change of pace from the avalanche of Everton injury news in recent days, Tuesday saw several Everton-owned players stand out on the pitch for their national sides.
Kevin Mirallas was on penalty duty for Belgium in their friendly against Russia, and scored past Igor Akinfeev in the 17th minute. Romelu Lukaku, thankfully, only made a 15 minute cameo late in the 3-3 draw.
Meanwhile, Gerard Deulofeu, on loan at AC Milan and making his first senior team appearance for Spain, was substituted on for Pedro in the 67th minute. He made an immediate impact, drawing a penalty on Laurent Koscielny, which David Silva converted.
Ten minutes later, Deulofeu scored one of his own, tapping in a sharp low cross from Barcelona man Jordi Alba. The current Milan man made a strong argument for man of the match and continued game time with the Spanish national team.
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Video assistant referee overruled the offside decision and allowed Gerard Deulofeu's goal against France pic.twitter.com/SKiSpl3OuP
This might also go down as the first goal on the international stage to be upheld via a video review, overturning the linesman’s decision.
Elsewhere, Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored for his English youth side against Senegal, helping them to a 2-0 victory in the Four Nations Tournament. Ademola Lookman registered an assist in the game as well.
Given all the injuries to his crucial players, Ronald Koeman will be pleased to see at least some of them returning to the club healthy and in good form.