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With pre-season still some time away, fans continue to focus on the World Cup, and Toffees manager Roberto Martinez is currently over in Brazil observing matches and training sessions. The Spaniard has been speaking about the tournament, praising the quality on show - especially from teams who familiar with the South American climate.
"It’s been fascinating because from the beginning the real question mark was how the European sides were going to cope against the South American sides and sides from the CONCACAF region," Martinez told evertonfc.com. "The reality is that the European sides have found it very difficult."
"All in all, it is already the best World Cup in terms of goals scored [at this stage]. When you get so many goals in a tournament it makes it an exciting one to watch and one of the most exciting we have ever seen," he added.
A number of Everton stars are currently involved in the World Cup, and whilst England duo Ross Barkley and Leighton Baines will be heading home soon following the Three Lions' exit, goalkeeper Tim Howard still has a shot at the knockout stage despite Portugal's late equaliser against the USA last night. Silvestre Varela's injury time goal made the score 2-2, and whilst it was a blow for Jurgen Klinsmann's men, Howard says they still have a great chance of going through.
"We had one foot in the door. It hurt when that [goal] goes in, but the game is cruel," said the experienced shot stopper. "We will try to be positive. We’ll give ourselves 24 hours to see what we did wrong. I think we had the better passage of play. Football is punishing sometimes. It ebbs and flows and we try to take every result as it comes. We’ll give ourselves time to ponder the results, but we’ve got a great chance in the Group of Death."
Meanwhile, Martinez will be looking to add more players to his squad this summer ahead of their Europa League campaign, and finding a striker to replace Romelu Lukaku has to be top of the list. Speculation suggests that Everton will now make a move to re-sign striker Lacina Traore, who was on loan at Goodison Park from Monaco from January onwards, but his impact was diminished by injuries.