Everton latest: Including Mucha future and Heitinga criticism

All the news and gossip from Goodison Park this week.

Last week at Everton it was all doom and but how much can change in a week after The Toffees practically dethroned Manchester City at Goodison Park this past Saturday with goals from Leon Osman and Nikica Jelavic proving the difference between the two sides.

Jan Mucha was one of the star performers in that game and now Everton face a decision over the Slovakian internationals future at Goodison Park. The reserve stopper is expected to play for the near future while Tim Howard recovers from a nasty double break in his back.

However the 30-year-old is out of contract in the summer which looked like being the natural end to his three years at the club since joining from Legia Warsaw in 2010.

But his recent form may have convinced David Moyes to reward him with an extension to that deal.

Everton defender Johnny Heitinga has been speaking about his recent form and reiterated his stance that criticism from fans will not bother him.

The 29-year-old has not shown his best form in recent weeks; including a real struggle to deal with Christian Benteke in the 3-3 draw with Aston Villa.

He also refused to criticise the use of Twitter among professional footballers. The majority of abuse he received from fans came courtesy of the social networking site but he insisted the positives of being closer to the fans outweighed the negatives.

Former Liverpool defender and BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has suggested that Everton’s season is far from over. With fixtures against Spurs and Arsenal still to come and the former and Chelsea still in the Europa League he feels Everton have a genuine chance of qualifying for the Champions League if the ‘real Everton’ turn up for those crunch ties.

Everton youngster John Lundstram is to remain on loan at League One side Doncaster Rovers until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old initially joined on a one-month-spell but the England youth international impressed so much that Rovers want to keep him at the Keepmoat Stadium until the end of the season.

Rovers are currently top of League One and look set for immediate promotion back to the Championship.

Shane Duffy has been forced to apologise for reportedly retweeting a pro-IRA status on St Patricks Day. The 21-year-old defender has made several apologies for the incident which he claims was done by somebody else with his phone and not himself.

Everton club captain Phil Neville will join the coaching staff of the England under-21s for the European Championship in Israel this summer. He has previously worked with the set-up in 2012 and follows in the footsteps of his brother Gary who currently works with the national set-up.

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