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Many of Everton's players are away on international duty preparing for the World Cup in Brazil, which kicks off on Thursday. Manager Roberto Martinez is back on Merseyside planning for the new season, but QPR boss Harry Redknapp has tipped the Spaniard to be joining the international scene sooner rather than later - as the England manager.
"Martinez and [Liverpool manager Brendan] Rodgers would be my choices for the future," Redknapp told talkSPORT. "The way they have played football this year has been a pleasure to watch. They would be top of my list. I’d love to see England play football like their teams have this year."
One of the Everton players in action at the World Cup is goalkeeper Tim Howard, who will be relied upon heavily to keep the United States competitive in a difficult Group G. Jurgen Klinsmann's side face Ghana, Portugal and Germany, meaning Howard will have to keep the likes of Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil at bay - but he says his side have what it takes to cause problems.
"The way our group is stacked up, we play Ghana first, then Portugal and Germany. I like the layout of the group, I think it works in our favour," said Howard. "I feel like if we can get three points in our first game, that really sets us off. The players in our group pose a huge threat to any goalkeeper."
"The names are household names now and as a team we have to get the tactics right. You never try to stop one particular player; you have to stop a group of players. The World Cup is all about magic moments and I think we have players who can do that too," added the Toffees stopper.
Meanwhile, Martinez will need to strengthen his squad ahead of the upcoming Europa League campaign, and in a bid to add more options to his midfield, Everton have been linked with a move for Heereveen's young star Hakim Ziyech. The 21-year-old has been one of the star players in the Eredivisie this season and almost went to the World Cup. Valued at around £2.5m, Everton could have a bargain on their hands - if they can see off interest from Dutch giants Ajax and PSV Eindhoven.