What The Papers Say - June 16

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

Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson tells Saturday’s Daily Telegraph he always believed he would one day play in a World Cup finals. 

The 28-year-old helped Iceland become the smallest nation ever to qualify for the tournament last October and, on Saturday, they open their Group D campaign against two-times winners Argentina. 

Meanwhile, another Blue hoping to make his World Cup debut on Monday will be Jordan Pickford - and the goalkeeper has told BBC Sport England will “put their hearts on the line” as they bid for success in Russia.

The Three Lions face Tunisia in their Group G curtain raiser in Volgograd, with Pickford saying Gareth Southgate’s side are “raring to go”.

The Daily Post claims Everton will have to wait until after the World Cup if they wish to land rumoured target Marvin Plattenhardt from Hertha Berlin, while Blues CEO Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale explains in the Liverpool Echo how she will help new boss Marco Silva and Director of Football Marcel Brands in the process of bringing new signings to Goodison Park.

The same paper explains why Silva is making an early impression at the Club’s USM Finch Farm training ground, and also points to the announcement of two pre-season friendlies against Bury and Blackburn Rovers.

Finally, the Daily Mirror again links DC United with a move for Toffees forward Wayne Rooney.

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