The defenders, both new signings under Marco Silva and Marcel Brands this past summer, have been among Everton's best performers over what has been an indifferent start to the season and they have been rewarded by Didier Deschamps.
Neither player was in France's eventually triumphant World Cup squad in Russia, although Digne was names as a stand-by, but they will be hoping to see action in next Thursday's friendly against Iceland.
Elsewhere, Jordan Pickford was selected once again by England boss, Gareth Southgate, for the games against Croatia and Spain.
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1 Posted 04/10/2018 at 22:24:57
2 Posted 04/10/2018 at 22:42:38
Barkley in the England squad, obviously, he's at Chelsea now.
3 Posted 04/10/2018 at 22:48:03
All come back fit and ready to fight and battle for EFC.
4 Posted 04/10/2018 at 22:52:06
I'm always concerned how these international games will affect our Premier League form.
5 Posted 04/10/2018 at 23:28:43
if we want the best players to come, then this is the trade off.
With these two for France, and Charlie and hopefully Bernard gets back in the Brazil squad; it's good times.
6 Posted 05/10/2018 at 00:23:58
Oh wait... he plays for Chelsea now – for fuck's sake.
10 games this season, played 90 mins in 3 of them.
7 Posted 05/10/2018 at 00:46:32
8 Posted 05/10/2018 at 00:55:22
Is it just me being paranoid or what?
Stones and Barkley go to the World Cup, neither of them play a single second, they come back and Stones leaves.
Once at Man City Stones becomes main stay of England back line, Barkley plays every week for Everton and is dropped by England.
Barkley remains in the international wilderness, moves to Chelsea, gets injured so clearly doesn't get into next world cup squad. Once he's back fit and playing a bit part he then walks straight back into England squad.
Is it just me or does it seem players are better off leaving Everton to play for England ?
Jagielka and Baines didn't get as many caps as they should.
Lescott went from bit part player to first choice once he joined city too.
I know some of you have it in for Davies but I'm personally a fan... he captain's Everton becoming youngest ever player to do so, and can't get a mention. Bare in mind the squad contains a lad who has played 6 Premier League games in Maddison, a kid who plays for Derby, Deir who is shit and doesn't get ago for spurs, Henderson who is average, Chalobah who has played 1, yes 1 game for Watford this season, and Barkley who wasn't good enough when at Everton.
Then we have Kenny who again you could argue isn't up to it, that said he captained England to World Cup winners at his age group whilst winning the u2e league as captain of the blues, he then makes it into Everton's first team and again no mention. Look across the part and Alexander Arnold was taken into England's squad after a few games for Liverpool; same with Gomez.
Calvert-Lewin is another who has gained first team football after winning the World Cup with his age group and then becoming a regular within the Everton ranks. Instead, the young lad at Dortmund gets a call-up because he had the balls to go abroad to play his football. So let's agree that this is fair, he showed bottle, went to Germany and produced the goods, does that remind you of anyone?
Sounds to me a little bit like the Lookman situation, went to Germany, scored and assisted, week-in & week-out, again he's a blue, so no mention !
Many blues are on here moaning about these kids, but fact remains many of these kids played a good amount of games for the Premier League's 8th best team last season and have continued to progress this season.
9 Posted 05/10/2018 at 01:21:21
Or, if he's talking about football, does it mean that all the years he spent at Finch Farm, "perfecting" his game, was a complete waste of time?
I mean (again and again admittedly), surely those ever-present "personalities-who-get-Everton" employed as coaches by Kenwright, manager after manager after manager, cannot be the source of all our many woes after all... can they?
10 Posted 05/10/2018 at 01:26:23
You're preaching to the choir, mate. It's not new, though, two words cover it over 50 yaers: Howard Kendall.
11 Posted 05/10/2018 at 01:33:31
Players and staff are here for money and, if they do okay, international recognition.
Fans want good times with friends, family, and – if I'm not mistaken at this club – trophies.
We are poles apart from what our fans and players want, need, can, or are forced to deliver.
12 Posted 05/10/2018 at 04:29:13
Zouma gets back into the national team = he won't be with us next season.
13 Posted 05/10/2018 at 07:13:24
You can't say 5 times in here!
And Barkley even looks poor next to Hazard and Willian. How he's even keeping an unfit Loftus-Cheek out the side is beyond me.
I'm please both are in the French squad. It can only be good for the club we've got 2 players who've found their way into a World Cup winning squad.
14 Posted 05/10/2018 at 07:47:35
15 Posted 05/10/2018 at 07:49:53
16 Posted 05/10/2018 at 08:19:26
Oh and someone have a word with Ireland over Coleman eh!?
17 Posted 05/10/2018 at 09:14:39
If he gets into the national team and shows he is a reliable centre-back, then there is no way he would stay with us. Why would he stay with us if Man Utd or PSG come calling?
19 Posted 05/10/2018 at 09:37:01
1. Great our non-English players are called up
2. Awful our English players are ignored and once they move they get called up
3. Don't get injured.
Very difficult choice - get called up and get injured and this forum will explode and melt the server (Coleman). Don't get called up and so a bias against playing for Everton and this forum explodes and melts the server.
20 Posted 05/10/2018 at 10:12:24
Personally I give very few fucks either way, though on balance I'd rather no Everton player is ever called up by their country because of the injury and tapping up potential.
21 Posted 05/10/2018 at 10:21:01
Victor, are you by trade a professional mourner or is your middle name Marvin?
22 Posted 05/10/2018 at 10:36:17
23 Posted 05/10/2018 at 11:30:59
They know the players well, better from those at other clubs, so genuinely believe that these players, who all happen to play for Everton, are being unfairly overlooked. But was Dobson in the late 1970s better than, say, Trevor Brooking? Pejic better than Mick Mills? Baines better than Ashley Cole? Don't think so.
In the present day, is Davies or Calvert-Lewin or Kenny better than any picked for the England squad? Honestly, guys, I really don't think so. They're lucky to make our team; they aren't England players (yet).
25 Posted 05/10/2018 at 12:18:37
26 Posted 05/10/2018 at 15:25:52
27 Posted 06/10/2018 at 02:10:50
Kenny is also not ready yet. If you watch our games, most of the danger from the other team comes from his side.
28 Posted 06/10/2018 at 22:27:58
I agree that, if both kids were at Chelsea, they wouldn't play... but they're not!
Imo your comments often point to the likes of Chelsea, Mn City and whoever else but you don't ever seem to realise that we don't have that type of financial clout.
We are Everton, we have one £50M player, 4 or 5 £20M+ players and a similar amount of cheap bargain style signings. Along with the above, we have a handful of kids who make up our squad.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have 15 x £30M+ players, 10 x £20M players, and that's their squad complete.
You must see why it's hard to compare both squads!
29 Posted 06/10/2018 at 22:49:23
30 Posted 06/10/2018 at 23:03:43
Typical Victor garbage – you do realise our U23s are better than theirs?
31 Posted 07/10/2018 at 00:33:22
Keane was much much better than Maguire today but imo he's very suspect when he's defending against pace. He has to learn he's not as quick as a lot of forwards and adapt his game accordingly. That said, he's playing reasonably well for us atm.
32 Posted 08/10/2018 at 05:16:30
I think Maguire's advantage is that he's better at bringing the ball out of defence. He's good running forward with the ball and this is essential to the back 3 formation that England use. Keane is more mobile than Maguire and just as good a defender.
I too am pleased he's become the player we signed from Burnley. He did just about deal with Vardy, and busted a gut to put him off for that one-on-one that Vardy put wide and didn't concede a penalty either, very good effort.
33 Posted 08/10/2018 at 09:03:04
34 Posted 08/10/2018 at 12:10:16
I really think those Blues who constantly say he'll end up on the subs bench for Fulham (or any other mid-table side) are deluded. The guy is a class act but unfortunately it all went wrong for him at Everton. One day we'll find out why.
35 Posted 08/10/2018 at 12:19:24
36 Posted 08/10/2018 at 12:38:21
I'm all for players improving, but he has done nothing of not at all since he has been at Chelsea
Saying that, AFTER his call up, he lays one on and scores one.
38 Posted 08/10/2018 at 12:40:03
Ever since Leon Osman got picked almost at the end of his career, which by the way wasn't filled with many outstanding performances, I have been very critical of those at the helm and Southgate is no different.
Lewis Dunk, at the heart of a rock-solid Brighton defence gets selected, give me a break !
39 Posted 08/10/2018 at 12:43:48
He had the full backing of the crowd but showed us no loyalty, he let his contract run down and earned himself an even better contract. Koeman signed a better replacement and, as he's scored already in a derby game, Sigurdsson has done something Barkley never came close to doing.
Not a popular figure amongst blues fans anymore, deservedly so.
40 Posted 08/10/2018 at 13:38:34
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