Jagielka One Of Three Changes

Phil Jagielka returns to the Everton starting line-up for Sunday’s game at Brighton as one of three changes for the Blues. 

The Club skipper has missed the last four matches due to a hamstring problem but comes back into defence in place of Ashley Williams. 

The other alterations from the 1-0 defeat against Burnley prior to the international break see Mason Holgate take over from Cuco Martina at right-back and Wayne Rooney recalled in place of Oumar Niasse. 

It means goalkeeper Jordan Pickford will be protected by a defence of Holgate, Jagielka, Michael Keane and Leighton Baines, with Idrissa Gana Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin holding the midfield. 

Rooney is accompanied by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Nikola Vlasic in Ronald Koeman’s front four. 

Williams, Martina and Niasse all drop to the bench, where they are joined by Maarten Stekelenburg, Kevin Mirallas, Davy Klaassen and Tom Davies. 

Former Everton defender Shane Duffy starts for the hosts. 

"It’s very important [to have Jagielka and Rooney],” said Koeman before kick off. “In a difficult situation you need key players, players with a lot of experience to deal with the situation.

“[We need] aggression - without any aggression you can’t perform how we want to perform today. That is important. 

“We need to improve in possession to create more opportunities to score, then in the box we need to be ruthless.”






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