It was not so long ago that the prospect of England heading for the European Championships without Ross Barkley appeared highly improbable, the kind of thought that would get you laughed out of the room.
Beginning the season in electric fashion, the 22-year-old midfielder and his developing creative talents looked set to fire Everton to something more than another season of midtable nothingness.
Barkley hit the ground running, firing in an opening day equaliser in the home draw against Watford and...
Sol Campbell believes England cannot afford to start John Stones at Euro 2016 as the defender makes too many mistakes.
Stones, 22, endured a difficult season with Everton and appears to be behind Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill in the pecking order for a starting place in France.
However, Roy Hodgson is set to only take three central defenders to the tournament -- as well as Eric Dier -- which means Stones could easily be thrust into the team in a pressure situation.
"If you keep making mistakes...
Ronald de Boer believes his brother Frank would be the ideal coach to inspire Everton's John Stones to reach his potential.
For all of his ability in possession, Stones has been criticised this season for some costly lapses in defence.
He remains at the centre of a wider debate over whether his footballing instincts should be nurtured or if he should instead be instructed to kick the ball long.
Everton's unreliable defence was a major factor in the team's struggles that culminated in the sacking...
Braga coach Paulo Fonseca has emerged as a target for Everton, a source close to the Portuguese club has told ESPN FC.
Everton are considering a number of options to replace Roberto Martinez and Fonseca has now come onto the club's radar.
A source close to Braga have told ESPN FC that Everton officials watched last weekend's Portuguese Cup final win over Porto and are considering making a move.
The 43-year-old, who guided Pacos Ferreira to a surprise third-place finish in the Primeira Liga in...