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The ECHO’s liveblog is the only place for all the latest news, views rumours and more about Everton FC – produced by us and gathered from around the world.

Ian Doyle and the team will be with you today from 7am to ensure constant coverage of all things Blue, including news, great photos, nostalgia, live interviews and much more.

Alex Rea will then join the fun from 3pm to take you all the way through to 11pm to ensure you are always updated on all the breaking news from Goodison.

There will be polls, stats and live webchats with our brand new EFC reporter Phil Kirkbride each week, plus the inside line from Finch Farm as we bring you every press conference and interview.

We want you to get involved too – tell us your thoughts on what’s happening at Goodison by tweeting Joe @joerimmer88 or Alex @AlexReaSport. You can also tweet our EFC Twitter page @LivEchoEFC with all your thoughts on the days events.

Stick with the ECHO for the best EFC coverage around.

Prenno’s first match

David Prentice is old.

His first game was this day 40 years ago, and not even I was born then.

Read about it here.

Injury news
Youngster undergoes knee surgery

Everton's Courtney Duffus is challenged by Liverpool's Jordan Rossiter and Joao Teixeira (right) Everton’s Courtney Duffus is challenged by Liverpool’s Jordan Rossiter and Joao Teixeira (right)  

Everton Academy striker Courtney Duffus has gone under the knife for major knee surgery after suffering serious ligament damage last month.

“I’m a bit gutted, obviously,” he says.

“It’s a long injury but I feel good and positive. I can’t wait to get my rehab done properly and get back playing.”

Phil Kirkbride has more here.

McCarthy shakes it off

Everton's James McCarthy on his phone before the Premier League match against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road Everton’s James McCarthy on his phone before the Premier League match against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road  

James McCarthy is unfussed by suggestions from Liam Brady that he doesn’t have the “passion” to play international football.

“It’s people from the outside, if they want to say something, they say something,” says J-Mac.

“It’s water off a duck’s back.

“I’ve had it since I’ve turned out for Ireland, people having gos, shouts from here and there. I’ve always had stick, but it doesn’t bother me.”

So there.

Suspicious survey
Lennon the fourth fastest in the world

Everton’s Aaron Lennon applauds the traveling fans  

Aaron Lennon, on loan at Goodison from Tottenham,  is apparently the fourth fastest footballer in the world when in possession of the ball.

A survey by Mexican side Pachuca has made the discovery as part of a FIFA-endorsed study.

It all seems a bit odd until you realise the second-fastest player in the world is Jurgen Damm… who happens to play for Pachuca.

Leading the way is Gareth Bale with Antonio Valencia in third.

Further down the list are Cristiano Ronaldo, Theo Walcott, Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Franck Ribery and Sergio Ramos.

Looks like Olivier Giroud just missed out, then…

Hurrah! #EFC’s Rooney was born on this very date That’s Walter Rooney, of course, a 1920′s half-back born in 1902!

— Steve Johnson (@stevejohnson95) March 31, 2015

Rooney on Barkley

England's Harry Kane and Ross Barkley prepare to come on as substitutes against Lithuania England’s Harry Kane and Ross Barkley prepare to come on as substitutes against Lithuania  

Wayne Rooney gave Ross Barkley a bell this week to talk over how the Everton man can get back to hitting the heights on a regular basis.

So, what was said?

Barkley: I’m a striker, me

In case you missed it, here’s Ross Barkley talking about where his best position is.

He reckons striker.

What do you think? Click on the poll at the bottom of the article. It makes utter sense to do so.

Young Blues destroy Galaxy

Ryan Ledson, Everton U21  

Everton under-19s were in action yesterday in the Dallas Cup and earned a 3-0 win over LA Galaxy.

Skipper Ryan Ledson was among the goalscorers and the 17-year-old midfielder was encouraged by the performance.

“It’s a very good result for the lads and we needed it after the defeat (against River Plate) yesterday,” said the youngster.

“The coaches said we needed to get out of the blocks quickly and I thought we did that.

“I’ve scored a good goal as well which got us off to a good start. We spoke about the move in the meeting before the game. 

“We didn’t think they would leave anyone on the edge of the box, and, obviously, Kieran (Dowell) has played it and I’ve come on the end of it – luckily enough it’s gone in.”

Could Wayne Roo his goal record?

Wayne Rooney – Everton Credit: Action Images / Peter Indian

Doesn’t he look young?

The stats bods have been doing some digging in light of Wayne Rooney getting ever nearer becoming England’s record goalscorer.

And they’ve discovered there are some Everton legends who have a better goalscoring record for the Three Lions than the former Blue.

David Prentice will tell you who if you click here.

Ossie frustration

Everton’s Leon Osman  

Leon Osman is determined to keep his place in the Everton side after revealing his disappointment at being left out earlier in the season.

“Having played in most games last season, I was disappointed not to play in more of the first 10 games this season,” says the Billinge-born midfielder.

“I was fit but was only selected in maybe four or five of them.

“That was a disappointing start to the season but I got myself back in the team, up until I got injured I’d figured in every game.”

Phil Kirkbride has more with the veteran here.

ECHO in print

We’ve got a newspaper as well, you know. And here’s the back page, with Ross Barkley the lead.

Liverpool Echo back page, March 31 2015 Liverpool Echo back page, March 31 2015  


Good morning and welcome to the Everton FC live blog with me, Ian Doyle.

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