News and gossip from Goodison Park this week.
Everton striker Victor Anichebe has agreed to put his Nigeria career on hold for the foreseeable future. The 25-year-old Lagos-born forward has not represented the Super Eagles since a 2-0 win over Madagascar in 2011; a game in which he sustained a serious groin problem. He cited the lack of support he received from the Nigerian Football Federation as one reason behind his reason not to replace the injured Emmanuel Emenike in the Confederations Cup squad. He was however quick to make it clear he had no issue with representing his country again in the future and his immense pride in the nations African Cup of Nations cup triumph earlier in the season.
Liverpool FC will pay tribute to the support received from their rivals Everton over the course of the Justice for the 96 Hillsborough campaign at the Merseyside derby on Sunday. Fans in the Kop End will lift cards forming a mosaic which will read the simple message ‘THANKS’.
Phil Jagielka has been speaking about his hopes of becoming an even better player when he becomes captain; as it will give him the responsibility he feels he needs to take the next step. The England international will take over the captaincy from Phil Neville when the former Manchester United stalwart leaves the club this summer. He feels that the new role will help him shake off his ‘’big kid’’ label and emerge as an even more complete defender.
Reported Everton transfer target Stefan de Vrij has insisted that he is not thinking about a potential move to Goodison Park this summer. The Feyenoord defender has also been linked with a move to Liverpool but while he is certain that Everton are looking at him he insists he is putting thoughts of a move to the back of his mind.
A report from talkSPORT yesterday understands that Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott would be willing to return to Goodison Park - if David Moyes remains as manager. The England international left in controversial circumstances in 2009 but has lost his place in the starting line-up to Matija Nastasic at The Etihad fuelling rumours of a summer exit.
Leighton Baines was the sole Everton FC player recognised at the PFA Awards at the weekend. The Englishman was named at left-back in the PFA Team of the Season after another stunning campaign.
And finally on the site this week we have looked at how Everton might just benefit from the potential relegation of Wigan Athletic this season.
What are your thoughts on everything Everton FC this past week?