Everton confirm 21-man travelling squad for Lille match with notable absentee

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Everton take on Lille on Thursday and the Toffees have named the players who will be involved.

Everton have confirmed their travelling party for the Europa League game against Lille on Thursday.

The Toffees’ official Twitter account has posted the 21-man list that will travel to France ahead of the match.

Ross Barkley has been included after returning to first-team action against Aston Villa last weekend, while there are also places for goalkeeper Russell Griffiths and promising young defender Tyias Browning.  There is however a notable absentee in the form of Steven Naismith while Leon Osman has also been excluded.

Everton have four points from their opening two Group H matches and Roberto Martinez’s side is currently two points clear of second-placed Krasnodar, with whom they drew 1-1- at the start of the month.

Lille are currently third in the group having drawn their opening two matches, and a win for Everton on Thursday would see them take huge strides towards the next round of the competition.

Their recent 3-0 win against Villa is likely to give them renewed confidence after a stuttering start to domestic matters this season, although they have impressed in Europe up to now.

The full squad list can be found below:

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