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What The Papers Say - 17 October

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton. 

The Echo

VICTOR ANICHEBE insists his priority is building on his impressive start to the season with Everton - not worrying whether he will go to the African Cup of Nations with Nigeria.
 
The 24-year-old has stayed fit and focused so far this campaign scoring three goals, after a difficult spell with injuries in recent seasons. He has deputised impressively for Nikica Jelavic earlier this season, and insists the pair could form a potent partnership.
 
So even though he was overlooked for the Super Eagles squad earlier this month, he powerful forward said he is not letting it hit his growing confidence.
 
He said: “The thing with Nigeria is, I am a fan. I follow the games – I followed the game at the weekend and I was happy Victor Moses scored, I spoke to (John Obi) Mikel a bit as well.

"They have done really well to qualify.
 
“I am more concentrating on here. This is the first time I have stayed fit for a while and I feel good in myself, so thinking of the national team hasn’t come into my head.”
 
The next African Cup of Nations takes place in South Africa at the start of 2013. Everton’s Steven Pienaar won’t be involved after retiring from international football, and Anichebe admits that club football is the priority for him too.

The Echo

IT WAS a frustrating night in Warsaw for Phil Jagielka but it promises to be a momentous day.
 
The Everton defender was hoping to build on his hopes of becoming John Terrys long-term replacement for England while also playing for the first time in the land of his ancestors.
 
The weather put paid to that, but Jagielka will take his place in Englands line-up for the rearranged game today.
 
His grandparents are Polish and the World Cup qualifier will be the first time the 30-year-old has ever played in the country, despite staying there with the England squad last summer in the Euro Finals.

And the former Sheffield United player admitted an interesting game was in store for those members of his family watching from the sidelines.
 
He said: "My grandparents on my dads side were from Poland.
 
"They came over to England via Africa during the War and settled here, so it will be interesting.

"With the Euros being out in Poland and Ukraine, I had the opportunity to go back over there and see a bit of their culture, but Ive never played against Poland or ever played in Poland so it will be nice to get some game time.
 
"You never know, but it will be a very special occasion for me to play in Poland."
 
As a youngster Jagielka grew up in Sale on the outskirts of Manchester, but he was always aware of his Polish ancestry and given the frequent meetings of the two nations in relatively recent years, he knew the Three Lions were guaranteed a hot reception in Warsaw.
 
"We used to play them quite regularly and I remember a couple of times we gave them a beating, but they are more of a force now.

"They have some fantastic players, there are a few who play for top teams in the German League for instance.
 
"Its going to be a hard game, especially out in Poland."

Daily Mirror

David Moyes has recieved a boost with the news that striker Victor Anichebe is concentrating on his club form rather than thinking about regaining his place with Nigeria.

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi said last week the 24-year-old remains in his plans after the national side qualified for this winter's African Nations Cup.

However, Anichebe is focused on building on his - and the Toffees' - good start to the season having been frustrated by two serious knee injuries and a groin problem in the last few years.

"The thing with Nigeria is I am a fan and I follow the games and the team have done really well to qualify," said the forward, who has scored three times in seven matches.

"They have a great bunch of players there but I'm concentrating on here because this is the first time I've stayed fit for a while.

"I am thinking about Everton: they have stuck by me and helped me get back fit so I'm thinking more about cementing [my place in] the side.

"The national team aspect hasn't come into my head. I just want them to do well."

Everton head to bottom side QPR at the weekend and while David Moyes' team are flying high in fourth, having lost just once, Anichebe stressed they cannot take the winless Londoners for granted.

"I think we've done okay: it's been a good start to the season and everyone is on a high and is confident," he told evertontv.

"We need to carry it on though, not get ahead of ourselves and keep playing well.

"They (QPR) are struggling so it is going to be even harder because they need results - they've bought a lot of players and have a lot of expectation on them.

"They haven't really done so well so I am sure they will look to change that against us and we need to be wary of that."

The Guardian

Victor Anichebe is keen to repay Everton's faith by concentrating on his club form rather than thinking about regaining his international place with Nigeria.

The Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, said last week that the 24-year-old remains in his plans after the national side qualified for next year's Africa Cup of Nations.

However, Anichebe is focused on building on his – and Everton's – good start to the season having been frustrated by two serious knee injuries and a groin problem in the past few years.

"The thing with Nigeria is I am a fan and I follow the games and the team have done really well to qualify," said the forward, who has scored three goals in seven matches for Everton this season.

"They have a great bunch of players there but I'm concentrating on here because this is the first time I've stayed fit for a while. I am thinking about Everton: they have stuck by me and helped me get back fit, so I'm thinking more about cementing [my place in] the side. The national team aspect hasn't come into my head. I just want them to do well."

Everton head to the bottom side, Queens Park Rangers, at the weekend and while David Moyes's team are flying high in fourth, having lost once, Anichebe stressed they cannot take it easy against the winless Londoners.

"I think we've done OK: it's been a good start to the season and everyone is on a high and is confident," he said.

"We need to carry it on though, not get ahead of ourselves and keep playing well. They [QPR] are struggling, so it is going to be even harder because they need results – they've bought a lot of players and have a lot of expectation on them.

"They haven't really done so well, so I am sure they will look to change that against us and we need to be wary of that."

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