Everton players set for a busy international schedule

A full guide to the 27 Blues players who will be representing their respective countries during a busy international break.

Everton players set for a busy international schedule
John Stones joins Ross Barkley and Phil Jagielka in Roy Hodgson's latest England squad. (Image: Getty Images)

No fewer than 27 Everton players have been called up to represent their respective nations over what promises to be a busy international week for the Blues.

Senior players have crucial World Cup qualifiers to look forward to; others are hoping to impress their national side managers ahead of Euro 2016, while some of the young Toffees have received international recognition for the first time. 

Crucial games for Argentina and Funes Mori

Ramiro Funes Mori has arguably the most crucial fixtures of the Everton contingent as he heads back to South America for crucial 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Funes Mori's Argentina are currently sixth and out of the qualification spots after one win, two draws and one defeat.

First up the defender face a trip to Santiago to face Chile on Thursday, who are just one place and two points above Argentina in the table, before they return to Buenos Aires to host Bolivia on Tuesday, a side they defeated 7-0 in the reverse fixture.

After a decade at Goodison Park, it was announced earlier this week that Tim Howard will be returning to the MLS to play for Colorado Rapids at the end of the current Premier League season. The 37-year-old will be back on American soil this week as the United States face a double header against Guatemala in a World Cup qualifier.

Also in competitive action this week is Oumar Niasse and he will be hoping to improve his match sharpness after playing just 26 minutes since joining the Toffees in January for £13.5million. Senegal face an African Cup of Nations qualifying double header against Niger on Saturday and Tuesday.

Tim Howard trains with the United States ahead of their double header against Guatemala. | Photo: AP Photo/Marta Lavandier
Tim Howard trains with the United States ahead of their double header against Guatemala. | Photo: AP Photo/Marta Lavandier

Three Blues for Three Lions

Ross Barkley, John Stones and Phil Jagielka have been included in the England squad for the upcoming international friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands.

The trio will be hoping to impress Roy Hodgson when the Three Lions travel to Berlin to face world champions Germany on Saturday 26 March before playing host to the Dutch at Wembley three days later in preparation for this summer's European Championships.

There is no place in the squad for Leighton Baines, while Tom Cleverley and Aaron Lennon, whose recent performances had prompted talks of an England recall, are also not in included.

Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady (who is currently on loan at Sheffield Wednesday) will be hoping to impress Martin O'Neill in the Republic of Ireland's home friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia.

Top scorer Romelu Lukaku has been named in Belguim's squad for their friendly against Portugal, while Muhamed Besic's Bosnia-Herzegovina have away friendlies against Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Phil Jagielka and Ross Barkley with the England squad last October. | Photo Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Phil Jagielka and Ross Barkley with the England squad last October. | Photo Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Galloway hoping for first Under-21 cap ahead of a busy schedule for the young Blues

Brendan Galloway is in line for his first cap for England's Under-21's as they do battle with Switzerland in a Euro 2017 qualifier. The 20-year-old has played for England at Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 level, but after impressing while deputising for Leighton Baines and Bryan Oviedo for Everton at the start of the season, Galloway has been called up to the Under-21 squad.

Gerard Deulofeu could captain Spain's Under-21s again, with a qualifier against Croatia before a friendly with Norway, while Gethin Jones has been called up for Wales Under-21s for their qualifiers with Bulgaria and Romania.

Goalkeeper Jindrich Stanek will join up with Czech Republic Under-21s for qualifiers against Latvia and Malta, but not before competing with the Under-20s in a friendly at home to France on Thursday.

At Under-20 level, Joe Williams gets his first England call-up and could play alongside Mason Holgate as the young Lions take on Canada. Ryan Ledson, Jonjoe Kenny and Callum Connolly will all miss games for loan clubs after being called up to the England Under-19 squad for Euro qualifiers against Georgia, Greece and Spain.

Shayne Lavery is in the Northern Ireland Under-19 squad for qualifiers against Poland, Netherlands and Ukraine. At Under-18 level, Tom Davies, Anthony Evans and Nathan Holland will face Austria and Republic of Ireland for England, while Steven Kinsella could be on the opposite side for the Irish.