Here are your evening Everton headlines for Saturday, June 6.
Senior pair making big impression
Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines are already Everton’s captain and vice-captain, and it seems they’re leading the way ahead of the return of the Premier League.
The Blues have been preparing for the season to resume at their Finch Farm base, with the Merseyside derby in their sights on June 21.
And ahead of their return to action, Coleman and Baines have been catching the eye of new head of physical conditioning Francesco Mauri.
“Leighton and Seamus are always among the best players in training,” Mauri said.
“Every day they want to show the young players how you have to be professional and competitive to play for this club.
“They make your job easier and we are very happy to have them.”
Read more from Mauri here.
Fundraising plea for Blues hero’s son
A fundraising page has been set up for Everton hero Gary Stevens and his family after his son Jack was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.
A target of $100,000 has been set following the diagnosis of JMML last month, with Jack having already undergone a round of chemotherapy.
Gary and his wife Louise are now both health professionals in Perth, Australia, and have seen their income hit in recent weeks, leading to Louise’s sister Julie setting up a gofundme page in their name.
Julie wrote: "Jack's treatments are going to be a long haul. He has JMML which is a very rare Leukemia. They have done the first course of chemo and are looking for a match to do a stem cell transplant.
"At this point not a lot is clear regarding his treatment, the time it will take or the locations it will happen.”
You can read more on the cause here, and you can donate here.
Pickford’s message ahead of derby day
Jordan Pickford is convinced Everton “have the ability” to beat Liverpool when the two sides meet in the Merseyside derby.
The Blues are set to host their near neighbours in their first game back on June 21 following the Premier League’s hiatus amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Everton’s recent record in the derby doesn’t make for great reading for Blues fans, and they’ve already suffered two defeats at Anfield this season.
But Pickford believes his side are fully capable of turning the tide over their rivals.
“We want to win every game we play and any sort of derby match is massive for the fans and for players,” Pickford told Sky Sports News.
“We know we have the ability in the squad to beat them. We just want to do it for ourselves and our fans.”
Read more from the England goalkeeper here.