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by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

International duty beckons for many Everton players, several of whom feature in Thursday’s newspapers.
Steven Naismith appears in the Daily Mail describing how he was humbled after receiving a letter from a soldier in Afghanistan in 2011.
The forward has helped launch and donated his own money to an initiative helping injured veterans back into employment.
Tim Howard also speaks to the Mail ahead of the international friendly between USA and Scotland, with the Blues goalkeeper revealing light-hearted banter between himself and Naismith in the build-up.
The Independent looks at Ross Barkley's rise to the England senior squad, having been in the Three Lions Under-20 squad that faced Chile five months ago.
The Mail reports from the Republic of Ireland press conferences, with new assistant boss Roy Keane discussing the similarities he shared as a player with Everton's James McCarthy.

In the Liverpool Echo, Seamus Coleman talks up the forthcoming Merseyside derby and the meeting of minds between Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers.
And lastly, the Daily Star and Daily Express link the Blues with a loan move for former Tottenham forward Clint Dempsey.
With Seattle Sounders' general manager confirming the US international's contract permits a temporary switch in the MLS off-season, Everton, Aston Villa and Fulham are all linked.

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