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Sport James McCarthy resumes training with Everton

18:05  14 september  2018
18:05  14 september  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Alex McCarthy earns England call up

  Alex McCarthy earns England call up Alex McCarthy has earned a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad after fighting his way to the number one shirt at Southampton. The Southampton stopper has been called up with other options for Gareth Southgate, such as Nick Pope and Tom Heaton, both out with injuries. McCarthy hasn’t simply earned the spot on this fact however, with the Saints stopper putting in a string of impressive performances this season and the back end of last season. The former Reading goalkeeper ousted Fraser Forster from the number one spot on Boxing Day last year, and has kept it ever since. Forster has been reduced to a bench player, with McCarthy taking a starting role for Saints. McCarthy will be in the squad for England’s two opening UEFA Nation’s League fixtures. The Three Lions will take on Spain at Wembley before taking the trip to Leicester to face Switzerland at the King Power Stadium.

Midfielder James McCarthy participated in Everton training as he continues to step up his recovery following his horrendous injury in January, according to The Times journalist Paul Joyce.

McCarthy suffered a double leg break on 20th January at Goodison Park as Everton took on West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.

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The injury occurred when the midfielder was challenging for the ball with striker Salomon Rondon and he was stretchered off after a lengthy delay in play.

The 27-year-old is now nearing a return to action and took part in training at Finch Farm.

McCarthy desperate to receive England debut

  McCarthy desperate to receive England debut Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has been discussing what receiving his England debut would mean to him ahead of the national team’s upcoming fixtures against Spain and Switzerland. The Saints stopper has enjoyed a strong start to the season on an individual level and has seen his efforts rewarded with a rare call-up to the senior squad. McCarthy is joined by Everton’s Jordan Pickford and Stoke City’s Jack Butland in the goalkeeping ranks. Fulham’s Marcus Bettinelli was also handed a surprise call-up following the withdrawal of Adam Lallana due to a groin problem. Southampton star McCarthy has received two international call-ups in previous years but has yet to feature in a fixture for England, something that he hopes will change during the ongoing break. As quoted by the Daily Echo, the 28-year-old opened up on how he would feel “overwhelmed” to be called upon by Gareth Southgate. “Obviously, it will be a very proud moment for me and my family. When you are growing up as a kid, all you want to do is play football and represent your country. If I do get my chance, I know I will take it. I will be overwhelmed.” England kick their UEFA Nations League campaign off on Saturday evening as they lock horns with Spain before they take on Switzerland in an international friendly tie on Tuesday.

McCarthy is following a similar schedule to the one that was used by teammate Seamus Coleman, who also suffered a double leg break back in 2017 whilst on international duty.

Earlier in the year, McCarthy posted images on social media showing him back with a football at the training ground but he has now rejoined the group of players.

Everton will not want to rush Irishman back into action and will closely monitor his fitness before selecting him back into the first team squad.

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Kenny set to keep his place against Arsenal .
Young Everton defender Jonjoe Kenny is expected to keep his place in the Everton side this weekend. The Daily Mail reports that Seamus Coleman is yet to return to training, all-but confirming Kenny will start against Arsenal. The young defender was brought into the team to replace the injured right-back and did well against West Ham. Marco Silva’s men travel to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon as they look to bounce back from last week’s heavy defeat to the Hammers. The Everton boss is also likely to have Yerry Mina available to be called upon, with defender being tipped to make his debut after joining from Barcelona over the summer. Richarlison is also expected to return to the starting XI as he completes his suspension, in what could be a new-look Everton side. Everton will be on the hunt for only their second victory of the new season at the Emirates.

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