How Everton's players will fare at the 2022 World Cup

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The World Cup break has come to Everton's rescue, allowing under-pressure manager Frank Lampard six weeks to figure out how to drive his side out of trouble. 

Everton squandered the last opportunity to enter the winter with optimism as promoted Bournemouth dismantled the Toffees 3-0, leaving them on the periphery of the Premier League drop zone.

Only one point clear of 18th-placed Nottingham Forest, the Merseyside strugglers head into the mid-season break frantically looking over their shoulders, with another season-long fight for survival looming. 

But despite Everton's thoroughly underwhelming season, a select few will be travelling to Qatar to represent their nations at the most highly anticipated sports event of 2022. If you're interested in backing England to claim the title for the first time since 1966, you should check the betting offers for the World Cup to find the best odds. 

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Here's the list of the Toffees players heading to the upcoming tournament. 

England: Jordan Pickford & Conor Coady

Everton may have failed to keep a clean sheet in 11 of their 15 Premier League fixtures this season, but that has nothing to do with Jordan Pickford, who has been phenomenal between the sticks. 

Though the 28-year-old committed a huge mistake to give Bournemouth a cheap breakthrough goal on Saturday, he has been a rare bright spot at Goodison Park this season.

Pickford was Gareth Southgate's first-choice goalkeeper at Euro 2020 and should retain his place in goal at the expense of Newcastle United's Nick Pope. 

While the ex-Sunderland shot-stopper seems likely to play a prominent role in Southgate's set-up, Conor Coady will have to fight for a place in the starting line-up alongside John Stones and Eric Dier.

It's no secret the Three Lions gaffer believes in Harry Maguire's qualities despite the error-prone centre-back's nightmarish time at Old Trafford, meaning Coady may not be a permanent first-team fixture in Qatar.

Belgium: Amadou Onana

Amadou Onana has been a revelation in the Premier League this term, taking England's top flight by storm since swapping Lille for Everton in the summer. 

Only five months after registering his international debut, the 21-year-old box-to-box midfielder has found his place on Roberto Martinez's list of travellers for Qatar.

Onana delivered a couple of decent showings in the 2022/23 UEFA Nations League and could prove a useful tool as they bid to lift a major international trophy for the first time. 

Described as a dynamic, ball-winning midfielder, the talented youngster has gone from strength to strength in the Premier League, so the expectations must be high for this up-and-coming star.

Senegal: Idrissa Gueye

With Sadio Mane's availability for the World Cup hanging by a thread after the Bayern Munich forward picked up an injury, Senegal will need someone experienced to hold things together in Qatar.

After a decent three-year stint at Paris Saint-Germain, Idrissa Gueye returned to Goodison in the summer, quickly establishing himself as one of Lampard's most trusted allies.

The 33-year-old is one of Senegal's most long-serving stars and he should be a key component of Aliou Cisse's effort to build on the winter's Africa Cup of Nations glory.

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