As Everton’s fortunes continue to improve this season, so do the number of international call-ups, with Michael Keane and Lucas Digne both forcing themselves back into international reckoning.
There was some eye-catching performances from Everton’s players too, most notably a certain Brazilian…
Richarlison - Brazil
Richarlison made it six wins from six since making his Brazil debut in September, netting his third goal for his nation in the process on Tuesday.
On Friday, the Samba stars beat Uruguay 1-0, with Richarlison coming on for Douglas Costa after 67 minutes.
Richarlison again emerged from the bench in Tuesday’s friendly against Cameroon, but this time after just eight minutes following an injury to Neymar. And the Everton forward had a massive impact, scoring the game’s only goal on the stroke of half-time – a perfectly placed header from a corner.
Jordan Pickford - England
Pickford played the first-half of England’s/Rooney’s friendly against USA last week and then played in the Three Lions thrilling 2-1 win over Croatia on Sunday – securing England top spot in their group and a passage to the inaugural Nations League Semi-Finals.
Michael Keane – England
Keane returned to the Three Lions side for their 3-0 win over USA, but didn’t appear in the Nations League clash with Croatia.
Nikola Vlasic – Croatia
Vlasic – starring on loan for CSKA Moscow this season – came off the bench for Croatia on 68 minutes against Spain with the score level at 1-1, helping his side on to a famous 3-2 win.
He then kept his place for Croatia’s trip to Wembley. Was largely kept quiet, though, and was replaced
Lucas Digne – France
The Everton left-back also earned a recall to his national team, but was often caught out of position as Les Bleus fell to a 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands. He also picked up a yellow card for his troubles and didn’t appear in their friendly against Uruguay.
Idrissa Gana Gueye – Senegal
Was his typical rampant self as he helped Senegal to a 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea.
Henry Onyekuru - Nigeria
Good news for Everton’s permit hopes for Onyekuru, as he came off the bench twice for Nigeria, first in their 1-1 AFCON Qualifier against South Africa, before doing so again in their goalless draw against Uganda.
A Goodison career may yet beckon for the forward out-on-loan at Galatasaray.
Cenk Tosun - Turkey
Tosun’s – and Turkey’s - scoring drought continues, with the side failing to score in any of their last four matches. Turkey went down 1-0 to Sweden in their final Nations League game (of which they finished bottom of their group in League B) before being held to a goalless draw by the Ukraine. Tosun played the full game against Sweden and the second-half against the Ukraine.
Seamus Coleman – Ireland
Tom Davies started for England under 21’s 2-1 win over Italy last week, with Kieran Dowell and Dominic Calvert-Lewin coming off the bench.
Dowell then started for England under 21’s 5-1 win over Denmark, but it was Calvert-Lewin who made the headlines as he grabbed a brace despite not coming on until after the hour-mark. His first was a tap in from close-range after some good work by Reiss Nelson, before he won a penalty which he then coolly put away. Tom Davies also came on for the final 20 minutes of the friendly victory.