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LESCOTT'S ENGLAND CALL

evertonfc.com , 10th May 2007 - 09:13

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For the majority of Everton's senior squad this weekend's fixture at Stamford Bridge will be their last game before departing for a summer break.

Of course, for some there will be more action to come - the likes of Tim Howard has a summer involved in the Gold Cup with the USA, Tim Cahill is returning to fitness in time to play in the Asia Cup and James McFadden has some crucial Euro 2008 matches to contend with.

And one player who could be set to join that list is Joleon Lescott. Everton's Players' Player of the Season is hotly tipped to be included in the England B squad to face Albania at Burnley's Turf Moor on Friday, May 25.

It is an opportunity for those young England players knocking on the door for senior international recognition to stake a claim for a place in Steve McClaren's squad for the forthcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers.

It is a prime opportunity for Lescott. But should he be having to prove himself at that level?

There are few who would argue he has been Everton's most consistent performer this season. And that during a campaign in which the Blues have secured UEFA Cup qualification on the back of a superb defensive record.

Lescott has figured in every game for the Blues this season - all but two from the start. Still only 24, powerful, left-footed and a decent turn of pace - there are those who would argue he is worthy of an immediate call-up to the international fold without having to make an impression in a B international.

But if he does make the step to the international stage, would that be beneficial to the Toffees?

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