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Sharpy Excited By Us Tour

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

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Everton legend Graeme Sharp reckons this summer’s pre-season tour is the most exciting in the Club's history.
It was announced on Saturday that the Blues will tackle three from Juventus, LA Galaxy, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Chelsea, Valencia and Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup.
The big-hitting tournament will also see Everton play in three different American cities, with games in San Francisco on Tuesday 30 July, Los Angeles on Saturday 3 August and Miami on either Tuesday 6 or Wednesday 7 August.

Recent pre-season opponents have included River Plate, the MLS All-Stars, PSV and Malaga.
But Sharpy told evertontv: "I think this is probably the best tour we've been involved in. In our time in the 1980s we played an end of season game against Inter Milan in Japan, so there have been some high-profile friendly fixtures over the years.

"But I think this one obviously whets the appetite because the quality of the clubs that are involved is top, top drawer.

"It's a fantastic opportunity to see Everton play against some of the best teams in world football.
"It's a really exciting pre-season trip for Everton and the supporters."
Sharp also believes the high calibre of opposition makes the tournament ideal for Everton's incoming manager to assess his squad.
He said: "You always hear that the result's not the most important thing but of course in pre-season you want to win as many games as you possibly can.

"This will give the new manager a good look at the players against top quality opposition, so it ticks all the boxes."

To find out more about the International Champions Cup, click here.

Thomas Cook Sport, the official travel partner of Everton, will be offering bespoke travel packages for fans wanting to attend all or parts of the tour. For more details please call 0844 3357 446 or visit the Thomas Cook store on Church Street in Liverpool city centre.

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