Who mentioned pre-season friendlies are meaningless? It’s a fantastic probability to check new gamers, managers, construct up health and produce a brand new group of gamers collectively, in addition to rating 22 targets in a single recreation.

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Marco Silva joined Everton on the finish of final season and shall be hoping for extra of the identical after his very first recreation in cost resulted in a 22-Zero victory over Austrian facet ATV Irdning.

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Leighton Baines opened the scoring after 5 minutes, and what adopted was removed from what Everton could have anticipated. Kevin Mirallas scored 5, together with a 4 minute hat-trick, after solely approaching at half-time, whereas three others scored hat-tricks as Omar Niasse and Cenk Tosun netted 4 occasions, with Ademola Lookman including three.

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Cenk Tosun scores considered one of Everton’s 22 targets in opposition to ATV Irdning (Getty)

Having scored 5 Premier League targets after finishing his £27m transfer to Everton in January, Tosun almost doubled his tally for the membership inside 90 minutes. Nikola Vlasic scored twice and Mason Holgate and Micheal Keane grabbed one every. An embarrassing afternoon from ATV Irdning was notably dangerous for one participant who left with an personal objective to his identify, not that anyone will bear in mind the sport for that.

Everton’s Merseyside rivals Liverpool, against this, drew 0-Zero with Bury. Marco Arnautovic scored in West Ham’s 1-Zero win over Wycombe, and Arsenal beat Boreham Wooden 8-Zero in Unai Emery’s first match accountable for the Gunners following Arsene Wenger’s departure final season.

Jordan Pickford will return to Everton after a brief break as England’s World Cup got here to an finish. Pickford is within the operating to win the Golden Glove after a collection of spectacular matches, together with a starring function in England’s penalty shootout win in opposition to Colombia.

Thomas Meunier had a volley very nicely saved by the England and Everton goalkeeper, however Pickford may do little about his fourth minute strike or Eden Hazard’s late objective as England misplaced 2-Zero in opposition to Belgium within the third place play-off.

Gareth Southgate had stored his ideas on who shall be England’s primary to himself forward of the match, with Nick Pope and Jack Butland additionally heading to Russia rather than Joe Hart who was ignored. Nevertheless, Pickford’s type in Russia, which is prone to see him named within the group of the match and decide up the Golden Glove, opens the door to him changing into England’s long run primary.

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