Everton reject set to star in this summer's World Cup

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Former Everton defender Shkodran Mustafi has been named in Germany's provisional World Cup squad after impressing for Sampdoria.

Premier League fans may not be all too familiar with the name Shkodran Mustafi, but he did spend three years at Everton under David Moyes.

Mustafi signed for Everton in 2009 after a spell in Germany with Hamburg. He only made one appearance for The Toffees when he replaced Tony Hibbert in a Europa League tie against BATE Borisov in December 2009.

The defender of Albanian descent was allowed to join Sampdoria in 2012 and has since impressed the national manager Joachim Low. The 22-year-old has played 31 games for the Serie A side this season and despite not having a full international cap to his name yet he could be set to appear on the greatest stage of all. Sampdoria are currently sitting in 12th place in the league and Mustafi is one of just six players named in the squad who are currently playing their football outside of Germany.

Mustafi has been named in the preliminary German squad which contains 30 players currently but will have to be reduced to just 23. The centre-back will be competing against players such as Jerome Boateng, Per Mertesacker, and Mats Hummels, and whilst a place in the starting eleven seems almost impossible he could make the final cut as a back-up. His versatility may help him as he can also play at right-back.

Shkodran could never quite manage to establish himself at Everton but fans are now probably wishing that they had kept him a bit longer. During his time at the club the centre-back positions were predominantly occupied by Sylvain Distin, Phil Jagielka and John Heitinga. An injection of youth to the backline is probably needed sooner or later however.  

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