Everton’s season has not been perfect, and yet the squad is packed with international talents.
Four of those – our regular backline – have all been named in their respective national sides for the March international break, as well, which has caught some fans on the R/Everton Reddit page by surprise.
Seamus Coleman’s inclusion in the Republic of Ireland squad comes on the backdrop of a mixed season consisting of regular injuries.
Lucas Digne has shone throughout his maiden campaign on Merseyside, but Kurt Zouma has not, and yet the centre-back has earned a shot in Didier Deschamps side over Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte.
Michael Keane, likewise, has been a mainstay on Merseyside and will be with the Three Lions, even though 39 of the 41 goals that we have conceded this season have come when the 26-year-old has been on the field.
Jordan Pickford has also been included in the England squad to face the Czech Republic and Montenegro, with Gareth Southgate looking beyond his recent errors and instead rewarding his previous international performances.
The news that all of Marco Silva’s key defenders will be linking-up with their respective countries in the coming weeks earned these responses on the R/Everton Reddit page: