Everton latest: Osman World Cup dream and Coleman tongue-lashing fears

All the latest news and gossip from Goodison Park this week.

Plenty of Everton players have been affected by the recent appointment of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane at the helm of the Republic of Ireland job this week, and have been talking about it.

James McCarthy received a glowing appraisal from the new assistant, even saying the two have some similarities, but made it clear he does not want that to be considered as a comparison:

‘’He probably plays a little like me, maybe not as aggressive and is possibly looking to mature in terms of his personality on the teams over the next few years but that will all come. But I don't want that to be twisted round that I am comparing him to me, far from it.’’

Seamus Coleman has stated that he does not want to be on the receiving end of Keane’s famous tongue, which Sir Alex Ferguson recently made infamous by claiming it was the ‘hardest part of his body’:

I haven't seen that side of him yet. Hopefully, I will never be on the receiving end. As players, you know when you have done wrong and if I have done something wrong and a manager has a go at me, I'll take it on the chin...

Tim Howard has been singing the praises of his former boss and current Manchester United gaffer David Moyes.

The American, who is looking forward to taking on Scotland this week for the USA, said this of Moyes:

‘’When I look back on my career in a few years, when it’s all said and done, then David Moyes will have had the biggest influence on my career…Moyes was like a father figure to me in that respect.’’

Roberto Martinez says that Apostollos Vellios’ decision to not go out on loan has hindered his development. The 21-year-old Greek has shown glimpses of his goalscoring talent in the past but is not currently in the first-team picture.

Now Martinez says he needs a loan-spell to become a regular in the team:

"He's at the stage now where he needs to be playing 90 minutes and start developing his decision-making over 90 minutes. If he does that I could see him having a role in the first team.’’

Finally, and Leon Osman insists he has not given up on his World Cup dream. The Everton midfielder made his debut against Sweden 12 months ago and featured against San Marino in March.

However he has not played since, and has slipped behind club team-mate Ross Barkley in the pecking order.

image: © Nick Sarebi

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