Barkley, Howard & Martinez react to Everton's Europa League draw

Ross Barkley

The trio shared their views on the Toffees' group-stage draw.

Everton have been handed a tough draw for the Europa League group stages.

In their first foray into Europe for some years, Roberto Martinez's side have been paired with Lille, Wolfsburg and FC Krasnodar.

However, a number of Everton players - and Martinez himself - have reacted positively ahead of what is guaranteed to be an exciting campaign.

The injured Ross Barkley, for one, says he 'cant wait' for the competition to start. The 20-year-old has been ruled out of action for several weeks but could return before the end of October.

Another Evertonian to take to Twitter was goalkeeper Tim Howard, who also adopted a positive approach:

Meanwhile, Everton boss Roberto Martinez told the club's official website: "The last game is at home and I'm really, really pleased with that. Starting and finishing at home, I think we can use our crowd and Goodison to good effect and to our advantage, because it's a really challenging and testing group.

"Wolfsburg have got a really good side, really experienced players and will be a really good test for us. Lille pushed Porto very hard in their Champions League qualifier. And so you're talking about two teams with real Champions League potential.

"Then, Krasnodar have been the surprising team, if you like, beating Real Sociedad over two legs. In the first game [a 1-0 Sociedad win], they were well beaten but the home leg [a 3-0 Krasnador win] I think shows it's going to be a really difficult environment to cope with over there.

"So, we'll be heavily challenged but we're excited and looking forward to it starting."

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