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Everton players hoping to book their places at the World Cup

sigurdsson EvertonThere is likely to be a significant Everton contingent playing for their respective countries at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson look good bets to take part in the tournament, but there are numerous other players in with a chance of playing in this summer’s footballing extravaganza.

Read on to find out who we think will, and won’t, be traveling to Russia in June.

Jordan Pickford

Joe Hart’s troubles at West Ham United have opened the door for the likes of Pickford and Stoke City stopper Jack Butland to grab England’s number one jersey.

The duo will get equal chances in the friendlies with Netherlands on Friday and Italy four days later to allow them to stake their claim.

England boss Gareth Southgate will be worried about how Pickford’s form has dipped since his outstanding display during a goalless draw with Germany back in November.

However, Butland has also struggled at Stoke and Burnley’s in-form keeper Nick Pope is now in the running for a place in the squad.

Pickford’s distribution is his strong point and unless he does something drastic in the upcoming friendlies he should be on the plane to Russia.

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Sigurdsson helped Iceland to their first ever World Cup appearance, grabbing the opening goal in their 2-0 home win over Kosovo in their final qualifier.

With a population of just over 300,000, Iceland has become the smallest nation ever to reach the finals.

However, his participation is in doubt after he injured his knee during Everton’s 2-0 win over Brighton on March 10.

The club said they expected him to be out for between six to eight weeks, but manager Sam Allardyce suggested Sigurdsson could play again this season.

Iceland are priced at 10/1 to match their Euro 2016 heroics and reach the quarter-finals in Russia and there are lots of ways to bet on the 2018 World Cup with a free bet online.

Sigurdsson is a key part of Iceland’s team, so it would be worth monitoring whether he returns to action before wagering on Iceland at the tournament.

Michael Keane

Michael Keane has struggled to adjust to life at Everton following his £25 million move from Burnley.

The 25-year-old was tipped as a potential international successor to John Terry, but he has been left out of England’s squad for their upcoming friendlies and a recall appears unlikely.

John Stones, Gary Cahill, Harry Maguire and Phil Jones are favourites with the bookmakers to be the centre-backs chosen by Southgate, with Chris Smalling and James Tarkowski also in the running.

With just seven Premier League games to play it seems unlikely that Keane will be part of England’s World Cup campaign, although an injury to any of the players he’s competing with could change the landscape.

Idrissa Gueye & Oumar Niasse

Gueye and Niasse have been called up by Senegal for their friendlies against Uzbekistan and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Gueye is a stalwart of the Senegal side that has qualified for the finals for the first time since they reached the quarter-finals in 2002.

Niasse – who used to play his club football in Russia for Lokomotiv Moscow before joining the Blues – has bounced back to form after a difficult spell at Goodison Park.

The duo look good bets to play for Senegal in Russia this summer.

The rest

Winger Nikola Vlasic hasn’t played for Everton since January and he has now been dropped into Croatia’s U21 squad. It’s doubtful whether we will see the youngster in Russia.

Morgan Schneiderlin (France) and Ramiro Funes Mori (Argentina) also seem unlikely to be selected by their national team managers.

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