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Thursday’s Toffee Bites: Richarlison available, Rafa’s James tactical tweak, no chance for Cunha

Recapping all the Everton news from yesterday

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Matheus Cunha of Atletico Madrid 
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Your daily dose of Everton news and rumours

Do a good deed, get a favour back. Everton allowing Richarlison to represent Brazil in the Olympics, thereby ensuring he didn’t get a break throughout the summer after already playing every game in the Copa America, looked like a decision that could (still) come back to haunt them.
However, the Brazilian federation credited the goodwill from the Toffees by choosing to not select Richarlison for this round of World Cup qualifiers and thereby ensuring he would be able by isolation regulations to play for Everton this weekend while his countrymen across the rest of the Premier League would be unavailable, to the fury of their fans. [RBM]

With the first international break coming so soon after the season opener, let’s relive that home win over Southampton as we get ready for Burnley on Monday.

Jordan Pickford was beaten deep into time added on as Poland clawed back an equalizer against England to end the Three Lions 100% record through the World Cup qualifiers so far. [England Football]

Moise Kean rediscovered his scoring boots as Italy routed Lithuania and the striker grabbed a brace. [RTE]

So it looks like James Rodriguez will continue to be an Everton player, through till January at least. Here’s the tactical tweaks Rafa Benitez can make to get the best out of the Colombian superstar. [RBM]

“The player was really happy to join Atletico Madrid, he had an agreement with Atletico Madrid and he wanted to respect his agreement with Atleti, and so there was no chance for Everton, but they were really, really interested in Cunha.”
Guess Everton were never really serious contenders to sign Matheus Cunha. [Fabrizio Romano’s Here We Go podcast, via This is Futbol]

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The 2022 World Cup qualifiers are almost over with only the South American countries playing tonight. There’s also a round of games in the Women’s Champions League.

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