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Silva: No group criticism of Walcott

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Everton boss Marco Silva says that there has been no criticism of former Arsenal man Theo Walcott in the wake of the defeat to Manchester United.

Walcott came under intense scrutiny from fans and pundits alike after failing to track back in the build-up to United’s second goal, and was seen to be berated by Jordan Pickford and Seamus Coleman in the immediate aftermath.

Sky pundit Graeme Souness went so far as to ask “when do you give up with a player?” about Walcott’s defensive short-comings, while Pickford was asked in the moments after the game about his explosive remonstrations to his colleague.

But Silva insists there is no criticism within the team and that Coleman and Pickford were perhaps just pointing out to Walcott where he could have done better in the situation.

 “For sure Jordan and Coleman they didn’t do that,” he said at the pre-match press conference at Finch Farm today, ahead of the visit of Brighton to Goodison Park.

“In a moment Jordan can be commanding but they are team-mates, they are a team.

“Of course it is what I want, everyone speaking to help each other, sometimes to command to improve some position or some behaviour, never to criticise.

“I don’t know what type of criticism is possible. I look for ourselves and what you are doing in training.

“Not just Theo, in our attack, with the chances we create in some moments we should have done better in the United game but sometimes it’s football.

“When you do the good things you do it all together as a team and when you don’t do it, it will be the same.

“We should do better in that game but that is football. I don’t have anything to say about our players. I’ve seen the commitment to our work.”

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