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Wednesday’s Toffee Bites: Southgate’s Pickford praise, James to miss two weeks?

Recapping all the Everton news from yesterday

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Your daily dose of Everton news and rumours

I could have gone to Everton. They pushed hard but breaking through (into the first team) in England is difficult. Bayern was different. They really wanted me. Bayern made a great effort. Who would say no?,” says Joshua Zirkee. [HITC via HLN]

Despite rumours of a move to Turkey, it looks like James Rodriguez is staying put. [Echo]

Had James really gone and jeopardized his chances of playing in Everton's next two weeks with his Ibiza jaunt? [Marca]

As Everton fans we've certainly seen a maturation in Jordan Pickford and his approach to games.

We’ve always had belief in Jordan’s abilities as a goalkeeper...in the past six months, especially, his calmness in the matches has been a real standout and progression. That has never been an issue in our games but, generally, across the board, I think he has noticed that’s an area he’s paid attention to and he’s certainly seen the reward of that in his performances,” says Gareth Southgate on Pickford. [EFC]

Exciting stuff.

I wasn’t good enough for my personal standards last season and I know that. It wasn’t something I could put my finger on. Things just weren’t going right, I played in different positions and was injured...I am very confident it was an off-season on my part and I will be able to show people what I can do this season,” says Mason Holgate. [EFC]

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Plenty of World Cup Qualifiers on today.

Full schedule of games here.

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