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Friday’s Toffee Bites: Everton could be back in on Thomas Vermaelen

In today’s links: Tosun almost went to Palace, Coleman never had doubts and the Newcastle fixture changes

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International matches start today. Everton have a healthy contingent of players playing for their countries ahead of what will be a busy summer for many of them. Who, among this group, will you be paying especially close attention to during this “break”?

Jordan Pickford has a good chance to solidfy himself as England’s number one for the foreseeable future. Cenk Tosun needs to continue his goalscoring ways. But I personally just want to see everyone get through this week healthy, especially Seamus Coleman, Yannick Bolasie and Ramiro Funes Mori. That trio has had a tough year of injuries. Idrissa Gueye and his country, Senegal, was smart to not push the player. Hopefully the same can be said for Ireland, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Argentina.

In case you missed it

Everton’s full-back story remains unchanged
It’s been a season of injury and upheaval at a traditionally strong position.

Pickford to get first chance at claiming England starting role
Four-way goalie battle for Three Lions starter heats up.

Everton midfielder to miss key Manchester City and Liverpool games
Blues’ sparkplug suffered a muscle tear at Stoke.

Friday’s Toffee Bites

Cenk Tosun: Everton star says he was close to Crystal Palace move -
Everton striker Cenk Tosun has revealed that he would have been a Crystal Palace player, had they and his then club Besiktas been able to agree a deal.

Sam Allardyce coy over talk Jack Wilshere could join Everton - The Independent
Everton manager Sam Allardyce admits he is an admirer of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere but refused to comment on speculation linking him with the midfielder.

Coleman says double leg break never made him doubt long-term future - Liverpool Echo
The Everton right-back will captain the Irish in Turkey on Friday almost a year to the day since h broke his leg against Wales.

Everton FC 'keen on Turkey midfielder and Barcelona defender' - Daily Post
It's three months until the transfer window opens but there's plenty of speculation about who the Blues could bring in.

Williams Captains Wales In China Cup Win -
Ashley Williams started as captain for Ryan Giggs' first match in charge of the Wales national team today in their match against China in Nanning, with the Euro 2016 semi-finalists winning 6-0.

Newcastle Fixture Moved For Live TV Coverage -
Everton’s Premier League fixture against Newcastle United has been selected for live TV broadcast and will now be played on Monday 23 April at 8pm.

What and How to Watch

Friendlies: Russia vs Brazil, 12 p.m. ET, beIN Sports
Germany vs Spain, 3:45 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Argentina vs Italy, 3:45 p.m. ET, beIN Sports
Netherlands vs England, 3:45 p.m. ET, ITV 1
Egypt vs Portugal, 3:45 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Poland vs Nigeria, 3:45 p.m. ET, fuboTV
Austria vs Slovenia, 3:45 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Scotland vs Costa Rica, 3:45 p.m. ET, ESPN3
France vs Colombia, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Mexico vs Iceland, 10:30 p.m. ET, FS1
NCAA Men’s Basketball Sweet Sixteen: Clemson vs Kansas, 7:07 p.m. ET, CBS
West Virginia vs Villanova, 7:27 p.m. ET, TBS
Syracuse vs Duke, 9:37 p.m. ET, CBS
Texas Tech vs Purdue, 9:57 p.m. ET, TBS

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