Jagielka, Stones and Barkley included in senior squadBrendan Galloway has been called up by England Under-21s and could make his debut this time after being forced to withdraw from Gareth Southgate's squad through injury last month.
The 19-year-old has been included in the group for the forthcoming European Championship qualifier against Kazakhstan on 13th October, a month after the knee injury he sustained against Manchester City in August meant he could not make his anticipated step up from England's U19s in the friendlies against USA and Norway.
"[Brendan's] a versatile player, he's playing at left-back at the moment but can play centre-back and in midfield," Southgate said. "He's another good character, a good type, which gives him a chance to succeed.
"He's at a good club who are good at giving young English players their opportunity and that's important to recognise."
Galloway has deputised brilliantly for Leighton Baines at left back this season, a position that manager Roberto Martinez sees the Zimbabwe-born defender occupying for his first 60-odd appearances before moving inside to his more natural role at centre half.
He has been capped by England at U17, U18 and U19 level, making 18 appearances in all, but his precocious displays for the Blues since May have many predicting he will be a mainstay in the senior Three Lions setup for many years to come alongside team-mate John Stones.
Stones is once again selected by Roy Hodgson for the senior England side with Phil Jagielka and Ross Barkley for the Euro2016 qualifying matches against Estonia and Lithuania.
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1 Posted 01/10/2015 at 16:39:02
2 Posted 01/10/2015 at 17:13:43
3 Posted 01/10/2015 at 19:13:25
It goes to show that when opportunity knocks you have to answer the call.
Get in there, Brendan.
4 Posted 01/10/2015 at 20:15:22
5 Posted 01/10/2015 at 20:28:11
6 Posted 01/10/2015 at 20:38:45
7 Posted 01/10/2015 at 21:30:06
8 Posted 01/10/2015 at 21:31:51
Without a doubt, Leighton has a battle on here which can only be good for all concerned.
The future is looking good...
The Future is Everton.
9 Posted 01/10/2015 at 22:00:00
10 Posted 01/10/2015 at 22:28:33
11 Posted 01/10/2015 at 22:30:22
12 Posted 01/10/2015 at 22:37:09
I think the rub with Martinez has been whether he knows anything about a defensive game and all the signs last season indicated that the defensive work that Moyes had engrained in his defenders had gone out of the window. So to see our team once again looking like a solid defensive unit is the first tentative step in finishing in the top 6.
Galloway was a fantastic signing and is much like Stones in being a ball playing defender. I expect Holgate will be the same and be cut from the same cloth. Martinez knows what he's looking for in a defender. Alcaraz was a stop-gap that didn't work, but now we've got shut of him and Distin, the future suddenly looks really bright.
It was really interesting to read the interview with the scout who spotted John Stones the other week. When he said that Moyes and Round didn't fancy Stones and he had to talk them into buying our best defender, while Martinez personally scouted him. Had Moyes been still here. I doubt Stones would even be a regular now.
13 Posted 01/10/2015 at 22:40:51
Some interesting comments on how good a manager Unsworth is in terms of maintaining a firm hand with the lads – stands no nonsense.
14 Posted 02/10/2015 at 00:15:35
15 Posted 02/10/2015 at 00:53:15
For me, Brendan is in fantastic form and is looking head and shoulders above Gibbs, who is basically in because he is an Arsenal player.
Look at Danny Ings, how did he get a call-up for playing a few minutes here an there for the RedShite, just goes to show how Liverpool and their players are perceived.
I was glad to see Vardy called up but if Ings has been added to the squad because it's a natural progression to the full squad from the U21 side, the most obvious choice should have been Berahino. This lad is fast, can score goals and can play wide as well as central. Ings on the other hand is a decent player but is only ever going to be effective in the centre were he has no chance of playing anyway.
Lastly I'd like to speak about an interview I've seen today were Roy Hodgson talked about how Luke Shaw was ready for a massive 2016 and was ready to show everyone at the tournament that he was the best left back in Europe.
In my opinion this is an absolute disgrace, Roy has shown no loyalty to Baines who is head and shoulders above Luke Shaw, no matter how big his transfer fee was. Baines had to wait years for his slot in the England set up, and rightly so as Ashley Cole has been a brilliant player throughout his career, but the fact is Baines has been the best left back in the EPL for many years now, and one of the best full backs in Europe for that period.
Roy is an absolute clown who needs to get his tongue out of the arses of these so-called big clubs and just worry about how players perform week-in & week-out for their own sides.
16 Posted 02/10/2015 at 01:04:48
However, Galloway's performances have really highlighted one thing for me. He was very accomplished for our U21s but I don't think anyone expected him to come in and do quite so well in the First Team.
I feel like there are some players who could go for years playing in the U21s without ever really progressing simply because the environment doesn't suit them. If they were given the chance to shine in the First Team, then perhaps we would see the best of them.
McAleny sticks out. He has always raised his game for the First Team and then gets stuck back in the U21s. He still does well for them... but I really feel like some of these lads thrive on the big stage.
Anyway, best of luck to Galloway. If I were him, I'd have picked Zimbabwe.
17 Posted 02/10/2015 at 01:09:58
Baines was pretty average last year and has been injured this season thus far.
He's one of my favourite players of all-time and he's not finished...but right now he is unselectable.
18 Posted 02/10/2015 at 01:53:37
Good luck to any Everton player that gets picked for their country.
If Galloway carries on his present form, the rich clubs will come knocking and we all do without that kinda drama.
19 Posted 02/10/2015 at 04:08:09
20 Posted 02/10/2015 at 05:22:06
21 Posted 02/10/2015 at 08:39:14
22 Posted 02/10/2015 at 09:30:35
23 Posted 02/10/2015 at 10:13:33
What I like most is his temperament as that is what will make him world class rather than just pretty good. Is it just by chance we look better at the back with him at LB these days?
24 Posted 02/10/2015 at 12:44:12
Add to Stones and Galloway the likes of Browning, Garbutt, Holgate and to back that up with Pennington and Kenny, then we have an amazing array of talent that could save us over 𧴜m in the transfer market, giving us the ability to focus on big ticket buys such as a striker replacement, the 10 position and wingers with better quality.
Acquisitions like Deulofeu, Besic and Cleverley that are all internationals will help our asset base even further.
25 Posted 02/10/2015 at 15:15:02
26 Posted 02/10/2015 at 18:28:41
Right now I'm happy to have him in the left back position. It seems to suit his speed and athleticism. Doesn't yet have the experience and football ability of Baines but, my goodness, this lad can defend like a Roman warrior. What a gem.
27 Posted 02/10/2015 at 19:00:06
28 Posted 02/10/2015 at 19:20:15
Now we are seeing real promise from Galloway and If Funes Mori can justify his hefty price tag, few will be able to deny Martinezs part in bringing together this defensive unit.
29 Posted 02/10/2015 at 19:57:57
Harold is right that this young man is very left-footed but I've no doubt he'll develop. His pace, especially when recovering his position, and his anticipation are major assets.
30 Posted 02/10/2015 at 20:13:24
31 Posted 02/10/2015 at 20:34:37
32 Posted 02/10/2015 at 20:36:36
Ross has shown incredible character and desire to regain his form. This for me, has proven he is gonna be top class.
Brendan Galloway has started his career off better than anyone could ever have hoped for but a dip in form will come... We must remember this and stick by him. Let's not turn on him the way some turned on Ross.
33 Posted 02/10/2015 at 20:58:23
But I'm delighted that we have three youngsters – with maybe more to come – who in my opinion are going to be very fine players indeed down the years, because they all have the sort of class that can't easily be lost.
34 Posted 03/10/2015 at 00:34:51
Phil Sammon, I do agree but Luke Shaw, Gibbs or who ever else we can mention still fell way behind Baines even when Baines had his most average season in over half a decade. I think this goes further to state my claim that Roy owed Baines a mention at very least.
35 Posted 03/10/2015 at 02:09:15
'Acquisitions like Deulofeu, Besic and Cleverley that are all internationals will help our asset base even further.'
Good god! Are you a fan or a shareholder?
36 Posted 03/10/2015 at 13:22:23
Aye, Dave. I was seeing it as a positive the way he handles the lads (manages the lads!).
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