As the Blues prepare for their first British pre-season friendlies
tonight, the squads have been revealed - with Wayne Rooney set to
lead the line at Gresty Road.
David Moyes has split his first team squad right down the middle
and teams of equal strength will be appearing at Rochdale and at
The friendly 'double-header' has been designed to ensure
that all Everton players are on an equal footing in terms of
However, the game with Dario Gradi's Crewe side (kick-off
7.45 pm) is the one that has whetted the appetite for the
Playing alongside Rooney under the watchful gaze of David Moyes
will be the likes of Duncan Ferguson, Thomas Gravesen, Joseph Yobo
and Alessandro Pistone.
Alan Irvine will be taking a 16-man squad to Spotland (kick-off
7.30 pm) with Alex Nyarko set to play his first game on English
soil since the infamous Highbury incident in March 2001.
As well as the attraction of seeing the enigmatic Ghanaian in an
Everton shirt once again, fans travelling to Spotland will also be
treated to the sight of the Campbell-Radzinski partnership.
Niclas Alexandersson, who injured his thigh in the 7-0 win over
Bad Goisern is undergoing treatment and will play no part in either
evertonfc.com will be at both fixtures to bring you the latest
news direct from Crewe and Rochdale.
Squad v Crewe: P. Gerrard, Pistone, Yobo, Stubbs, Unsworth,
Carsley, Osman, Gravesen, Gemmill, McLeod, Chadwick, Rooney,
Ferguson, Brown, A. Gerrard.
Squad v Rochdale: Simonsen, Hibbert, Weir, Clarke, O'Hanlon,
Naysmith, Watson, Li Tie, Nyarko, Linderoth, Pembridge, Campbell,
Radzinski, Pascucci, Moogan, Barry.