Seven Back At Finch Farm

Seven more players returned to Finch Farm to start pre-season training on Monday as Ronald Koeman welcomed back a Copa America finalist and six Blues who travelled to this summer's European Championships.
 
Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady are all back on Merseyside having helped Republic of Ireland reach the last 16 in France and were joined by Shani Tarashaj, who got to the same stage with Switzerland.
 
John Stones and Ross Barkley, who were members of the England squad that also got to the round of 16, reported back for their first day of pre-season training, with Ramiro Funes Mori linking up with club teammates again having helped his Argentina colleagues to reach a second successive Copa final in what was the tournament's centenary year.

 
It means Romelu Lukaku is the only Toffee still to return from his summer break, the striker having been given an extended period of rest after helping Belgium reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.
 
And while Koeman admits it would have been preferable to spend the whole of his first pre-season at the Club getting to know his players, he appreciates it's part and parcel of inheriting a squad littered with international-quality stars.
 
The Dutchman told evertontv: "The perfect scenario would have been to start with everybody. But that's not really the football business in the last few years.
 
"You know after a European Championship you will need to start later on.
 
"The players except for Lukaku will all start [today]. Then we will have almost everybody back and that's good because then we can start really to work on the team for the season."

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