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Gary was saying when he was finishing the book what it would be like if the two teams met at Wembley. It was like it was meant to be. Moyess team are a point and a place above Liverpool in the Premier League, despite the Anfield club investing almost pound120m on new players since January 2011. Damien Comolli paid the price for that largesse by losing his job as Liverpools director of football on Thursday.Moyes admits the neutrals choice would also have been that of Kenny Dalglish, Harry Redknapp and Roberto Di Matteo before the draw for the semi-finals. If they had the choice, any of the other three teams would have said they wanted to play Everton, he added. Thats fine. Im a football man Fifa 16 XBOX One Coins .
I understand that. They know they will get a hard game, against a tough side. We will have to go and play as well or not better than we are playing if we are going to reach the final. Everton have not won a trophy since the 1995 FA Cup and Moyes hopes a Wembley showcase against Liverpool, with a return on offer for the final on 5 May, will enhance the chairman Bill Kenwrights prospects of selling the club. New investment, or the lack of it, will be a factor in whether Moyes decides to commit to a new contract at Goodison Park this summer.He said: Globally it can certainly help Everton the more we can show we are competing with the big clubs in the Premier League, although I thought that in the last Cup final and nothing came from that day. I have always been keen to take Everton back to the days when they were a great football club and were one of the biggest clubs.
I keep changing. One year I think we are getting close, the next we drop away. At the start of this year we looked as if we were making little progress if anything we were fading away. But its great credit to the players, they dug in. When you find a way of winning, you come out the other end, get a bit of form, consistency, then your style improves and when your style improves everyone talks about your team. We are moving in that direction at the moment Fifa 16 Coins.
Everton striker Nikica Jelavic has been named in a preliminary Croatia squad for next months European Championships in Poland and Ukraine. The in-form frontman, who has netted 10 goals since joining the Toffees from Glasgow Rangers in January, was called up to the party on Thursday by former Blues defender Slaven Bilic, who serves as his national team boss Fifa 16 Coins .
Bilic also confirmed he will step down after the Euros.Jelavic, who was last week named the Premier Leagues Player of the Month for April, will get the opportunity to cement his spot for the tournament in a friendly against Estonia on May 25 before the confirmed squad play their final warm-up game against Norway on June 2. Croatia, who are in Group C for the tournament, will tackle the Republic of Ireland in their opening fixture on June 10, meaning Jelavic could face Everton teammate Darron Gibson, who received news of his inclusion in Giovanni Trapattonis squad on Monday. The Euro 2008 quarter-finalists will then meet Italy on June 14 before completing their group fixtures with a clash against World Champions Spain four days later.
Should Croatia repeat their feat of four years ago and progress
from the group they could face England, France, Sweden or
co-hosts Ukraine in the last eight. Bilic said: This is my
last championship in charge of Croatia. I have always given my
best and, now, I am fully focused on EURO. Afterwards I will be
the biggest Croatia fan #8210; I have been a part of the national
team for my whole life. Meanwhile, new England manager Roy
Hodgson has confirmed he will name his 23-man squad on Wednesday,
May 16. Defensive duo Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka will both
hope to be included having featured in recent squads under
previous boss Fabio Capello
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John Heitingas Netherlands side suffered a shock defeat in their opening game at Euro 2012.The Oranje were hotly-tipped for victory over Denmark and billed as one of the tournament favourites.Yet Michael Krohn-Dehlis cool finish midway through the first half was enough to give the Danes a 1-0 win.Heitinga lined up in the centre of the Dutch defence with Ron Vlar - replacement for the injured Joris Mathijsen - whilst former Blue Lars Jacobsen started for the opposition Cheap Fifa 16 Coins .
The Dutch dominated proceedings for much of the game, with former
Chelsea winger Arjen Robben hitting the woodwork and Arsenal
hitman Robin Van Persie coming close.But on 22 minutes
Krohn-Dehli weaved in the box, tricking Heitinga into diving to
block a shot that never came, before adjusting and firing low
through the legs of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.Despite
pouring forward and producing chance after chance, Heitinga and
his team-mates were unable to find the net. Jacobsen survived a
late penalty appeal when the ball appeared to handle his arm in
The United States and Australia both began the third round of qualification for World Cup 2014 by avoiding defeat.Evertons Tim Howard was in goal as the Americans ran out 3-1 winners over Antigua and Barbuda in Florida.Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey and Herculez Gomez scored for the hosts, with Peter Byers netting for the twin-island nation.Despite picking up the three points, a more comfortable win was expected against a team 77 places lower in the FIFA world rankings.U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said: The guys know they can step it up and they will step it up Buy Fifa 16 Coins .
And Darron Gibson, who I always thought did well for Manchester United, coming in having something to prove and to show that hes got the capacity to play in the Premier League and make a difference. Hes been consistent, Jelavic has scored the goals, so what more do you want from players coming in?I think the quality is there that they can get back into Europe via the league next season. I think its belief as much as anything. When Everton get into a run of self-belief and confidence, nobody likes coming to Goodison Fifa 16 Coins .
And Everton are very difficult to break down away from home, very organised and youve got that goal threat as well now.And Steven, a man who keenly tracked Jelavics progress at Ibrox, has few doubts the 26-year-old will pick up where he left off.He said: Youve seen great players come into the Premier League and not make an impact, internationally renowned players far beyond Jelavics reputation. But what he has got, I think hes got honesty and hes got endeavour, hes got intelligence to play and hes good at a lot of things.Hes not renowned for one particular thing, and if he is going to be renowned for one thing, its putting the ball in the back of the net. And he does that on a regular basis.
Playing up in Scottish football in this particular era, its difficult to judge how well a player can do at another level. But he was consistent over in Austria with Rapid Vienna and Walter Smith had done a lot of homework on him. Rangers werent just buying players on what theyd seen on a CV. Theyd seen him, looked at him, made a judgement, worked at getting him - and they worked hard to get him.So Everton have ended up with player who has been vetted coming in. And I think theyve made a really good choice Fifa 16 XBOX One Coins .
An Everton XI will compete in the Liverpool Senior Cup final tomorrow evening.The Blues make the short trip to Prenton Park where hosts Tranmere Rovers await in the climax of the annual competition.Everton are expected to field a young team although there could be opportunities for some more experienced players to get a run-out.And there could be a familiar face in the opposition line-up, as Academy graduate James Wallace looks to skipper the side he joined earlier this summer Fifa 16 Coins .
The 20-year old moved to the League One outfit after struggling to break into David Moyes first team, and insists it will be tough to play against some of his former teammates.I will always support Everton, said Wallace. You are an Evertonian for life.My dad is an Evertonian. I started going to games at Goodison with him at around about the time David Moyes took over as manager. We had a season ticket in the Main Stand for four years.
My first priority now however, has to be to Tranmere.A semi-final victory over Bootle FC put the Toffees through to face Rovers, who came out on top in a penalty shootout with Prescot Cables.Everton have won the trophy more than any other team on Merseyside - the 45th and most recent win coming in 2007.Kick-off at Prenton Park is at 7.30pm. Tickets are available on the turnstiles priced at pound10 for adults, pound5 for over-60s and those between the ages of 17 and 22 and pound4 for under-16s and disabled supporters Fifa 16 XBOX One Coins . http://www.fifa16shop.com/
The players have gone out of their way to help me and give me a great welcome. I feel very much a part of things. I was told it was a family club before I got here and I am experiencing that for myself now.Of his introduction on the pitch before Monday nights game, he added: It felt great and made me very happy. It was a fantastic moment. I was surprised with how great the atmosphere was. I knew it would be good but it surpassed all expectations Fifa 16 Coins .
It is a great ground and I cant wait to experience it as a
player.What followed was a really great way to start the new
season and it sent a message to the rest of the division. It was
a fantastic performance from everyone. They gave everything they
had and fought really hard to hold on for the last few minutes.It
was exciting for me. I enjoyed it but at the same time I wanted
to be out there. It did feel at times like I was kicking or
heading every ball. Now I cant wait to play.
Chris Long will remain on loan at Brentford for a further month.The 20-year-old Academy graduate initially joined the Bees in January and has been a success at the Brentford Community Stadium, netting four goals in nine appearances so far.The striker, who also had a loan spell at MK Dons last season, made his first-team bow for the Toffees during the 1-0 defeat against FC Krasnodar in December.His most recent goal came in midweek when he notched to help Mark Warburtons side to 3-2 victory against Blackburn Rovers.Keep an eye on for weekly updates on Evertons loaned-out youngsters Fifa 16 XBOX One Coins .
However, Darron has said that although he doesnt want to let anyone down, he doesnt feel ready to ready to return to the squad for this fixture after the disappointment of Euro 2012.I hope that Darron will take this time to reflect positively on his international career, and return to us in time for the Germany game in October.Gibson went to Poland and Ukraine with Ireland, but was restricted to a seat on the bench as they slipped to successive defeats at the hands of Croatia, Spain and Italy Fifa 16 Coins .
Trapattoni indicated in the aftermath of the finals that Gibson, along with the likes of James McCarthy and James McClean, would have bigger parts to play in his future plans.The Italian has seen the vastly-experienced Shay Given and Damien Duff announce their retirements from international football in recent weeks and although Richard Dunne has confirmed his intention to play on once he has recovered from injury, the manager is having to contemplate significant change.
He will hope Gibson does eventually return to the fold with Group C favourites Germany due in Dublin on October 12, four days before his side heads for the Faroe Islands.The Republic, who only just missed out on the last World Cup finals after a controversial play-off defeat by France, will look to open the latest campaign with a positive result in Kazakhstan before heading for London to face Oman in a friendly at Craven Cottage during the forthcoming international break.And Everton manager David Moyes says Gibson will play for his country again Fifa 16 XBOX One Coins.
We all know the tools will come in eventually.Pardew agreed his side was fortunate to escape that decision, but believed his teams fightback after the incident meant they merited a point.Ive been saying for a long time we need technology. It cost Everton a goal tonight, said Pardew.Pardews saw striker Demba Ba come off the bench to equalise twice, and he defended his decision not to start with him. Well he got two goals and could have had a hat-trick. Sometimes players play well when theyre angry, he said Fifa 16 Coins .
Before kick-off, Moyes led Evertons tributes to the victims of Hillsborough, branding the 23-year cover-up of the disaster disgraceful. Club rivalries were set aside as Everton took their first opportunity to acknowledge the significance of last weeks statement on the true causes of the 1989 disaster that led to the death of 96 Liverpool supporters.I believe everybody in the world of football will have been shocked by the wrongdoings surrounding Hillsborough which were exposed last week, said Moyes.I, and everybody at Everton, stand alongside the families who for so long have challenged the authorities over what has now been proved a travesty. I am not only a football manager, I am a football supporter and a father and I applaud the families who continued to fight for the ones they loved.The outcome was nothing short of disgraceful.
We have all been brought up to believe and trust in authority.
The authorities who were responsible for ensuring the safety of
supporters that afternoon let themselves down, as have the
government parties who have been in power since. Praise must go
to Andy Burnham and the families for getting disclosure.Everton
played a poignant song He Aint Heavy, Hes My Brother by The
Hollies while the names of all the victims were displayed on the
stadium screens, alongside the sloganjustice for the 96
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Goodison Park's hospitality suites are now sold out for most fixtures in the second half of the season - but there is a new alternative.The Club's Corporate Sales team have put together a Half Season Membership package in conjunction with the Hilton Liverpool to offer off-site hospitality for the final 10 league games of the campaign Fifa 16 Coins .
And as part of the package, the Boxing Day clash with Stoke City is included for free.Membership costs pound;1,175 +VAT and Blues get 11 matches for the price of 10, including the home games against Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United.For each matchday, members receive a welcome drink on arrival at the Hilton Liverpool followed by a two-course lunch hosted by an Everton legend.
Four drink vouchers are issued on arrival, with two to be used
before the game and two post-match.Return travel between the
Hilton and Goodison is included, as is padded seating in the Main
Stand and a matchday programme.Sales are not currently available
online but please call 0151 530 5300 to book or for more
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It's three draws on the trot now for Everton and I'm sure
everyone would like a win to stay in touch with that top three or
four.Make no mistake, however, it's a tough challenge that awaits
David Moyes and his players at Craven Cottage this weekend
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Fulham have always been strong at home and while they have lost Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey, Martin Jol has added players who have fitted perfectly and allowed them to build on the good form they showed last season.
For that reason, it remains one of the toughest places to go. I think an Everton win on Saturday would make a real statement to the rest of the league about their ambitions the rest of the season.
Just a final comment on Tuesday night's League Cup game between Arsenal and Reading.It was just a fantastic game of football and so open it was untrue.I always like to talk Everton but from a sheer enjoyment point of view it was simply riveting. Football at its unpredictable best Fifa 16 XBOX One Coins .