There’s certainly a lot going on with the Blue Women. What do you want to hear first, the good news or the bad news?
Okay, let’s get the bad news out of the way first:
Everton legend and defensive stalworth Gabby George is unfortunately out with a “fully ruptured ACL” that she sustained during the 5-0 Cup win against Bristol. This hurts a lot because she had been consistently starting in the backline for every single game until then.
New signing Raso was set to join the Toffees after playing with Australia during Olympic qualifiers, however, that has been set back by about a month or so because she unfortunately suffered a broken nose during international duty.
Raso is set to join the Blues in time to possibly square off against her Matildas teammate, Sam Kerr, when Everton plays Chelsea on 15 March for the FA Cup quarter-final and then again on 22 March for a league game.
Over the winter transfer window, Everton brought on new goalie Sandy MacIver, Raso and England international Izzy Christiansen. Unfortunately, Christiansen has yet to play any minutes in the last two months so one has to wonder what the heck is going on at this point! There seems to be no clear details about what her injury is and how long it will take to get back on the pitch.
Christiansen sustained a broken leg playing for England in the SheBelieves Cup in March 2019 and has not been included in the Lionesses roster since then. Izzy has made it known that she wants to be included in team Great Britain for the summer Olympics and made the switch from Lyon to Everton in large part to get the attention of manager Phil Neville but that’s going to be very difficult considering that there’s only about two and a half months left in the season.
In the meantime, check out the only non-club interview Christiansen has given since joining the Blues with the Telegraph. In it, she discusses adjusting to the culture at former club Lyon but that she’s now in a “really happy place, and a really nice club” at Everton.
Merseyside Derby Rescheduled
The club did an excellent job of preparing for the women’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park only for it all to be canceled in the wake of Storm Ciara. Rescheduling this fixture must have been difficult but they have made it happen. This is included in the bad news though because the game will now take place mid-week on Wednesday 25 March at 7:00 pm. Several fans have already made their displeasure known as a weeknight game can be difficult to attend, especially for youngsters. :( The club wanted to beat the 23,500 attendance that showed up for the derby at Anfield, but that’s most likely not going to happen now. Regardless, it will still be a great game that you won’t want to miss.
Okay, now for the Good News!
SheBelieves Cup will feature two Blues!
Chloe Kelly and goalie Sandy MacIver have been chosen for the England roster going to the United States for the SheBelieves Cup.
Kelly is due her chance, having scored 9 goals for the Toffees this season and we couldn’t be more excited to see how she can help England score more.
MacIver went to the SheBelieves Cup in 2019 to train but not be a part of the squad. Neville stated that the decision to take a young keeper like MacIver to the tournament this year is because he wants to give her more experience before Euros in 2021.
SheBelieves schedule and how to watch in England:
It's been a while, hasn't it?!— Lionesses (@Lionesses) February 18, 2020
23 players are off to The #SheBelievesCup in America, with @alessiarusso7 and @hannahhampton_ joining us as training players. It all begins 6 March, 12am (GMT) https://t.co/ICyZMHN4BP
SheBelieves schedule and how to watch in the USA:
England Lionesses Youth is Very Very Blue!
England Under 21s will feature four Everton players: Taylor Hinds, Megan Finnigan, Hannah Cain, and Esme Morgan. They will be fighting for a chance to play in two games against France at St. George’s Park con Thursday 5th March and Sunday 8th March.