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Moyes Names Starting XI

The Everton manager reveals his starting line up to face BATE Borisov.

Moyes Names Starting XI

David Moyes has revealed a youthful starting eleven to face Borisov, more than 24 hours before kick off at Goodison.

In total, five players make full debuts, as Carlo Nash gets his first senior start since join the Blues in the summer of 2008 replacing Tim Howard.

Shane Duffy, Kieran Agard, Adam Forshaw and Jake Bidwell also make the starting line up for the first time.

The Everton manager has made nine changes from the side that drew 3-3 with Chelsea on Saturday.

But Moyes is keen to stress he is still taking the Europa League seriously.

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"I have a lot of respect for the competition but obviously I have changed the team for the Borisov match," explained the manager to

"It was a game we had to win then we would obviously play a different line up but we have already qualified for the final 32 and we can't get any higher in the group.

"We have a very busy Christmas coming up and I still don't have many available to me so I have to preserve my players."

Everton starting XI to face BATE Borisov:  Nash, Coleman, Duffy, Hibbert (c), Bidwell, Osman, Forshaw, Baxter, Rodwell, Yakubu, Agard.

Fact file on the rising stars at Everton:

39. Hope Akpan: 14.08.91 (age 18)

Hope is a central midfielder and reserve team regular. Born in Childwall but eligible for Nigeria, he’s a box-to-box type player who loves a tackle and has been on the bench for the first team this season.

33. James McCarten: 08.11.90 (age 19)

Born in Netherton, the central defender is strong in the air – he stands six foot five – and is a reserve team regular. James was academy player of the season last season and is dangerous from set pieces – either taking them or getting on the end of them.

37. Jose Baxter: 07.02.92 (age 17)

Bootle born Jose is the club’s youngest ever player after making his debut at the start of the 2008/09 season. An attacking midfielder he has been on the fringes of the first team ever since and has made several substitute appearances this season.

29. Adam Forshaw: 08.10.91 (age 18)

Liverpool born Adam has made himself a reserve team regular this season after a long-term injury. He is most at home on the right-hand side of midfield and is capable of producing excellent delivery from open play and set pieces.

43. Shkodran Mustafi: 17.04.92 (age 17)

Shkodran signed from Hamburg in the summer of 2009 and arrived with a strong reputation in Germany. Mainly a central defender he has played at full back for the reserves this season and has made the first team bench on a couple of occasions.

36. Jake Bidwell: 21.03.93 (age 16)

Jake has England under-16 and under-17 honours and is a powerfully-built left-sided player, usually operating at left-back. Forcing his way into the reserve setup. he already has a Goodison Park goal under his belt after scoring in the FA Youth Cup win over Nantwich last season.

32. Luke Garbutt: 21.05.93 (age 16)

Signed from Leeds in the summer for an initial fee of £600,000 (which could raise by £950,000 based on performance), Luke has England Under-16 and 17 honours but has only made a couple of reserve team appearances this term, as well as featuring for Everton’s Under-18s.

34. Shane Duffy: 01.01.92 (age 17)

Tall central defender Shane arrived from Northern Ireland in July 2008 and progressed through the Under-18s to the reserve side. He has been on the fringes of the first team squad this season, making an 80th-minute substitute appearance in Athens. Has played at every age group level for his country and has also been named in the senior squad, without actually appearing.

George Ennisbrendan grogan,whatever ya moanin about !!! ya supposed to support ya team not moan about the side he pick's,if ya know anythin about football ya would know it makes's a learnin process and good for the future of the club!!! coybb's

Thursday 17th December 19:35 Report Comment

Ivan AdamsGreat team selection and will be really looking forward to see the younger guys playing tonight! Come on lads lets finish the Europa Group in style! COYB!

Thursday 17th December 17:31 Report Comment

Johnny JonesTotally agree with Dan Nally, If i didn't live in london I would be at every game their were tickets. On another note its great chance to see the young blues give it some in European football. Fantastic oppotunity Blue boys. COYB IMWT

Thursday 17th December 17:02 Report Comment

Johnny JonesTotally agree with Dan Nally, If i didn't live in london I would be at every game their were tickets. On another note its great chance to see the young blues give it some in European football. Fantastic oppotunity Blue boys. COYB IMWT

Thursday 17th December 17:00 Report Comment

peter lappinBrendan, ........ Go and enjoy the match tonight, at leats you are going, I'll have to watch on tv .... think you might be surprised, I watched Bidwell ( excellent against Berband mendy, Hope, Duffy and few of the others playing for the reserves against Hull in Sept who had 8 of the first team squad playing ... only surprising thing was Stubbsy was in chrge in 2nd half and he was quiet !!!

Thursday 17th December 16:58 Report Comment

Mark Lynchhave to say Alex Mason,and Brendan Grogan wind your necks in. its not a reserve game its a 1st team game, all prem clubs do it these days (play reserve players) comments like your could have a negative effect on these young players, appreciate Moyes thinks they can provide us with a result so lets embrace the fact that they are being given a chance to shine, who knows they may impress so much and get a regualr run of games. will they still be reserves then!!! i think not, how are these players meant to get established if the likes of you kick them before they start?? think about it Guys, well said Dave hunter, Delian Jones and Dan Nally, imwt

Thursday 17th December 16:37 Report Comment

Richard PennI'm pleased to be in a situation where we CAN rest some of the first choice first team squad. I think it's a great opportunity for the younger players to prove to everyone that they wear the famous blue shirt with pride and commitment. I will be watching with great anticipation. COYB

Thursday 17th December 16:16 Report Comment

Russell MaddenGood chance for the younger lads to show what their made of. will be watching on TV "COYB"

Thursday 17th December 14:59 Report Comment

Andy BraithwaiteGreat choice Davie. You've made an interesting match unmissable with the chance to see all these young players on the pitch. Good luck lads from all the Malta Everton supporters!

Thursday 17th December 14:35 Report Comment

James WilkinsonCongrats to the youngsters and hopefully they will shine for everton and pick up the win, however, priority is definetly brum on the weekend, that is a vital game for the context of our domestic season, we need 3 pts on the weekend, however, it would be nice to see Yak on the scoresheet again, we need him firing sooner rather than later, and hopefully ossie gets a good run out 2nite. COYB!!!

Thursday 17th December 14:11 Report Comment

brendan grogangod wish i hadnt opened my mouth now lol

Thursday 17th December 13:55 Report Comment

Keith Daniel RobertsI couldnt have put it any better myself Dan, today will be fantastic regardless of the result becuase we are EVERTON!!! and I am made up with Moyes selection!! COME ON YOU BLUES!!

Thursday 17th December 13:54 Report Comment

Kyle EvansHow can people complain about the selection, Knowing how bad our luck is with injuries. We have such a small squad that i think our first team thoroughly deserve a good rest. As well as all that. This is a brilliant oppurtunity to see what were going to look like in years to come. Good Luck Lads. COYB

Thursday 17th December 13:49 Report Comment

Mark ReidDan Nally. You're very right. Brenden doesn't understand. Unlike Everton, have Arsenal ever lowered prices when they play their youth players in the side? No they charge £50 on average for all games. EFC at least apply some common sense and half of those complaining don't follow the reserves/youth sides, because they don't realise the 1st team is based on them and players coming through. £25.00 is good value. And the european experience for the youth team is priceless and I'm willing to pay it to see Everton more competitive via our youth development policies! NSNO

Thursday 17th December 13:39 Report Comment

Dan NallyI can't believe people are actually moaning about the ticket price and who's starting tonight, it doesn't matter who starts ANY game, you're supposed to be Everton supporters and support whoever plays in the famous blue jersey, what is wrong with people? if I lived close enough that it would cost me £20 for a train ticket then I would go to every match, reserve team or not you'll stil be cheering if we score so why are you complaining? I can't believe some of the famous toffee fans have swooped as low as Wolves fans, when logically it makes sense to play a reserve side for a match we can't go any higher in the group stage, he's resting players for a much needed win on Sunday, which I'm assuming if we win that then people like Brendan Grogan will be saying 'That was a good decision last week Moyesy for resting the first team'. Sort it out. COYB. I can't wait to see Baxter and Coleman on the right flank, they looked good together against AEK!

Thursday 17th December 13:19 Report Comment

Mick EganSo glad first team players can be rested, and I am lookin forward to seeing the youngsters tonight. However, Everton should have reduced ticket prices, as am sure it would of drawn a bigger crowd, giving the youngsters a much better experience!! Good luck tonight lads, go out and just enjoy the occasion....COYB!!

Thursday 17th December 13:14 Report Comment

Phil LivingstoneGood luck to all those young lads playing tonight! It will be the best experience of their lives, so far....playing under the lights at Goodison in the first team & a European game too! Hope they do themselves proud, put on a good show and we see some stars of the future for this club!

Thursday 17th December 13:13 Report Comment

Delian JonesWe all know the starting 11, but who will be on the bench???? Personally I hope it's a few more of the youngsters, as it is to the clubs credit to see just how many local boys will get a game tonight!

Thursday 17th December 13:10 Report Comment

brendan groganno when you pay first team prices you expect to see the first team not the reserves or the youth team

Thursday 17th December 12:53 Report Comment

Stuart StylesMakes total sense to play a team mixed with youth and experience. If they take their chance it gives Moyes the option to play some of them again against Carlisle, knowing that they can do the job - look how well coleman did against Spurs.

Thursday 17th December 12:44 Report Comment

Joe Murphy@Brendan Grogan match ticket 25 pounds,train ticket 20 pounds,hotel room 18 pounds.....Watching the team we love play in Europe, no matter who is wearing the royal blue jersey simply because we are born and not manufactured and EFC is in our hearts and in our souls..... PRICELESS Stop whining, enjoy the game lad

Thursday 17th December 12:30 Report Comment

chris skillicornBrendan Grogan can I ask you a question, what would you rather do put your already ailing side at risk for a game that means nothing or rest them ready for the very busy and important Christmas period. We are only a couple of losses off relegation , if we were to pick up another injury where would that leave us? We picked up 3 injuries in the last euro game! I understand that you may be annoyed but did you really expect anything else?

Thursday 17th December 12:04 Report Comment

peter lappinSupport DM's selection ( we would all have slightly different views about starting line up ) BUT who will be on the bench. Would hope that we would have some regulars to come on, if necessary - still need to have a decent performance/result.

Thursday 17th December 11:05 Report Comment

DAVE HUNTERCongratulations to Davey Moyes on equalling Harry Cattericks record of being in charge for 24 euro matches. lets hope you go on to quadruple that record

Thursday 17th December 10:55 Report Comment

brendan groganFantastic 25 quid for match ticket 20 quid for train fare 18 for hotel room all already paid for and just to watch the youth team thanks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday 17th December 10:54 Report Comment

DAVE HUNTERAt least with Moyes naming the team early it gives the fans a chance on deciding wether to go or not. I hope there is a good turn out as it shouldn't matter who plays, in a few years time this will be the first team and people will be walking round with these lads names on shirts. Come on blues support 'The Team in Blue' not just the famous players

Thursday 17th December 10:34 Report Comment

dave lawsonsensible choice to give some of the young lads a run out and get some european experience. good to see the yak in there aswell, he needs all the match time he can get to get back to full fitness asap. good luck with the armband tonight tony, i'm sure you will do us proud

Thursday 17th December 10:31 Report Comment

Phil LivingstoneNice one for giving the supporters a heads-up Moysey and announcing the team in advance (Unlike Mick McCarthy did against United this week)!! Sensible to give the kids a run out bearing in mind the result of the game is inconsequential. Hopefully we'll see a few bright performances by future stars. I'm looking forward to it.....COYB (good news about the possibility of Donovan pitching up at Goodison for a couple of months too - he'll be a welcome addition to help us through until March).

Thursday 17th December 09:55 Report Comment

John HauI think we did go with a similar formation to the Chelsea, possibly a 4-3-3? Start with a flat four in the back starting with Coleman, Hibbert, Duffy & Bidwell. Osman and Forsaw in the CM with Rodwell playing just behind them as a DM, similar to what Carsley used to do for us. Yakubu right upfront with Agard and Baxter playing behind him on either side. Basically is going to be something very similar to what Chelsea like to play most of the time. Everyone must be thinking this experiment is going to fail, but I think we are in for a surprise!

Thursday 17th December 09:39 Report Comment

alexis leungWell, we can play any body for this one but I am sure the young boys will do good. The important thing is that we need to win many many league matches starting this Sunday ! I notice that recently people stopped mentioning us as top 6/Europe contenders ! Isn't that scary!

Thursday 17th December 09:36 Report Comment

Cason TangDoes anybody know why Mustafi is not in starting XI? I wish he could get on as half-time sub. We need all available centre-half ready for the busy schedule. Also I am hoping to see the two Americans we signed in summer. Keep a clean sheet Nash!!!

Thursday 17th December 09:27 Report Comment

Cason TangIs Baxter playing midfielder or upfront? If you look at this line-up, we have 3 forwards in Yak, Agard and Baxter. That is very good. I hope Moyes is playing 4-3-3 and hopefully we can bang in goals like what we did two months ago. Go young Blues!!!

Thursday 17th December 09:21 Report Comment

Paul WilsonIf we get a penalty please please please let Hibbo take it!!!

Thursday 17th December 08:26 Report Comment

Ben KnottFair enough, nothing wrong with making changes, maybe a bit frustrating if your going to the game, but im still looking forward to seeing the future tonight...COYB!

Thursday 17th December 08:09 Report Comment

kevin phippsgood on ya dave

Thursday 17th December 03:50 Report Comment

Mark LynchHmmmm Interesting line up, i can appreciate needing to rest players and blood the youth, but 4 regular players out of the 11? i of course wish the lads well, i am sure it would be a massive boost for EVERYONE if we get a positive result tomorrow with this selection, so come on guys, give it your best shot and lets get a run of confidence going... COYB's ;^)

Thursday 17th December 03:01 Report Comment

Jon SummerGreat we're starting a match that dont matter with Yak instead of Jo? Jo who's done SFA in important matches?... Well at ieast some of the kids are getting a start aswell as Coleman who is gona be a star. Hope we still turn it on BLUES

Thursday 17th December 00:22 Report Comment

alex mason25 quid to watch the reserves! No thanks. I'm all for giving youth a chance but would have been nice to see a few more established names for a half

Wednesday 16th December 23:58 Report Comment

Jason O DonovanDelighted to see Nash finally get a game under his gloves (so to speak)and good on DM giving the other lads a chance, god knows we dont need any more injuries to our senior players ( or anyone for that matter) Good luck 2moro nite & for the rest of the season.

Wednesday 16th December 21:46 Report Comment

Delian JonesAnother reason why we are (and always will be) the peoples club. Moyes could have kept quiet and upset many people, but instead chose to show maximum respect to the supporters, the competition and our opponents. Well played Moyes! I know these young lads will make us proud on the night. COYB!

Wednesday 16th December 21:06 Report Comment


Wednesday 16th December 20:22 Report Comment

Edward RobinsonPositively looking forward to the boys playing their hearts out on Thursday; what a great opportunity for Everton to try out these guys and for them to show what they are made of - great!

Wednesday 16th December 20:02 Report Comment

Edward RobinsonPositively looking forward to the boys playing their hearts out on Thursday; what a great opportunity for Everton to try out these guys and for them to show what they are made of - great!

Wednesday 16th December 19:59 Report Comment

Veselin PetrovGiven we cannot change the table standings, I would say Davey has found the right time to present the Everton's future.

Wednesday 16th December 19:55 Report Comment

Peter LewisWell done Dave good choice to rest some of the 1st team players & give the youngsters a run out! Good Luck Blues!

Wednesday 16th December 19:49 Report Comment

Adrian SnelgroveGreat to give some of the younger players a chance to show how good they are. Good of DM to name the team early - the fans can't complain - unlike Wolves last night!

Wednesday 16th December 19:46 Report Comment

Gary WrightWell in David Moyes, will be a great experience for some of these lads, and a chance for us to see some of the youngsters in first team football. Two for the Yak, & one for Agard. Everton FC

Wednesday 16th December 19:44 Report Comment

christopher parkhouseSpot on tactics, rest up and batter brum on Sunday COYB

Wednesday 16th December 19:33 Report Comment

Dave SimpsonA lot of people have knocked Mick Mcarthy for his team selection against Man U, but it make sense to rest your players when possible, it is called managing the side, and that is exactly what DM has done in his selection, spot on.

Wednesday 16th December 18:46 Report Comment

Luke Williamsshould be interesting viewing. what better game to put the youngsters in and get them some experence than this one. theres no pressure what so ever and the result is meaningless so im looking forward to seeing the rest of the youngsters in action. C.O.Y.B.

Wednesday 16th December 18:25 Report Comment

Ary Lima De MoraesHope Baxter and Coleman have a fantastic match. Just a shame Wallace is not there, i would like to see him playing.

Wednesday 16th December 18:20 Report Comment

Samuel RobinsonInteresting line-up, good to see the kids get a run-out. Hope Moysey's checked that they're registered and eligible to play in Europe...

Wednesday 16th December 18:20 Report Comment

Graeme CreweI hope the club know what they are doing. Forshaw and Bidwell are not listed as squad members on

Wednesday 16th December 18:08 Report Comment

Conan GregoryGreat idea - we all remember how well out youngsters did against AZ 2 years ago, so lets do it again this time. Plus it will be amazin to see Coleman skills back on the field again!

Wednesday 16th December 17:48 Report Comment

Mark ReidIts quite right that Moyes does this. It rests players that need it (playing three games a week) whilst gives players like Coleman, Baxter and Duffy and so forth the opportunity to get European experience. Euro experience is priceless infact and UEFA should be very proud that Everton are doing this. I certainly am. Potential future stars of the Europa/ Champions Leagues and servants to Everton Football Club.

Wednesday 16th December 17:35 Report Comment

Evan KellyGreat!! nice to see Moysey announounce the team 24 hours before the game, that agard has looked really energetic and a threat when hes come on in previous games, plus ive never seen Bidwell and Forshaw on the bench. Lookin forward to the match although im hoping the attendance at goodison wont be as low as i think it will be. COYB

Wednesday 16th December 17:30 Report Comment

DAVE HUNTERGreat idea nothing to lose I am sure the young lads will do us proud and Hibbo will look after the young defenders. Can't see the senior players playing the full match but a bit more match practise for The Yak and a run out out for Ossie.

Wednesday 16th December 17:24 Report Comment

Stephen JonesIts good to see the young guys given a game and hopefully earn some valuable experience. I still think we will win though with that team. Come on you Blues!!

Wednesday 16th December 17:20 Report Comment

James Robertsshould be a good run out for the young lads and a well deserved rest for the 1st team, hope to get a win to keep confidence high, even if no one has heard of the half the players that will be playing

Wednesday 16th December 17:17 Report Comment

Sanjay Gopalgood to see osman back!!

Wednesday 16th December 17:12 Report Comment

Nick BoardmanGood on you Dave! Why not try out the youngsters, it gives them experiance, and match fitness! The match means nothing to either team, so hopefully we'll still come out winners on the night, and see some more young hopefulls coming throu! C.O.Y.B

Wednesday 16th December 17:07 Report Comment

David MurrayOne of the best clubs around for giving youth a chance, good to see so many getting a chance. Now why doesn't the club drop the price of the tickets and fill the ground to get behind them?

Wednesday 16th December 17:01 Report Comment

shane donnellywell in hibbo

Wednesday 16th December 17:00 Report Comment

Wai Kin Lowhopefully osman and yakubu will be more in form and get match fitnes by playing this match but rest them by half time. i want to see both of them at birmingham match..and i hope to see peterlin playing actually...hope he replaces hibbert at 2nd half

Wednesday 16th December 16:56 Report Comment


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