Everton announce strong squad for FC showdown

Everton Football Club will bring a squad brimming with Goodison Park favourites for the Everton Down Under 2010 tour next month.

Everton Football Club will bring a squad brimming with Goodison Park favourites for the Everton Down Under 2010 tour next month.

The touring party includes a full strength Everton squad other than players participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The only World Cup exception is Australia-s Tim Cahill who has confirmed that he will play in the Sydney and Melbourne matches subject to his commitments for the Socceroos.

The side will be led by captain and former England player, Phil Neville, with Everton-s longstanding manager, David Moyes, and goalkeeping coach (and former England international), Chris Woods, part of the coaching and support team.

The squad not only includes Cahill, who announced a new four year deal with Everton just prior to his departure for South Africa, but also Russian winger Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, and Frenchman Louis Saha.

The exciting Belgian international midfielder, Marouane Fellaini, who spent most of the last season out with a serious ankle injury, is also named in the touring party and is expected to make his much-awaited comeback in Australia.

“I am totally focussed on Australia and our World Cup journey,” said Cahill from South Africa.

“But it-s a dream for me that my club, Everton, is visiting my country as part of the pre-season preparations for the next (English) Premier League season.

“It-s massive. It-s non-stop football and it-s great for fans, and great for the A-League too.”

Everton will meet Australia-s A-League champions, Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium on 10 July, new comers Melbourne Heart at Etihad Stadium on 14 July and Brisbane Roar on 17 July at Suncorp Stadium.

They will arrive in Australia in early July for a two week stay, and will also attend charity dinners in Sydney and Melbourne.

Tickets to the matches can be purchased from Ticketek (www.ticketek.com.au) for the Sydney and Brisbane games, and from Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com.au) for the Melbourne game. Discounts are available for groups of ten or more people.

ENDS EVERTON DOWN UNDER TOURING SQUAD

Goalkeepers Iain Turner John Ruddy

Defenders Leighton Baines Phil Jagielka Seamus Coleman Shkodran Mustafi Sylvain Distin Tony Hibbert

Midfielders Adam Forshaw Diniyar Bilyaletdinov Jack Rodwell James Wallace Leon Osman Marouane Fellaini Mikel Arteta Philip Neville Tim Cahill

Strikers James Vaughan Jermaine Bedford Jose Baxter Kieran Agard Louis Saha Lukas Jutkiewicz Victor Anichebe

Manager David Moyes

Goalkeeping Coach Chris Woods

MATCH AND TICKETING DETAILS

Saturday 10 July 2010, Sydney Sydney FC v Everton ANZ Stadium Gates open: 5.30pm Kick-off: 7.30pm Tickets available from Ticketek, www.ticketek.com.au Telephone 132 849 or 1300 364 001 (groups)

Wednesday 14 July 2010, Melbourne Melbourne Heart v Everton Etihad Stadium Gates open: 6.00pm Kick-off: 7.30pm Tickets available from Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com.au Telephone 136 100 or 03 9685 2477 (groups)

Saturday 17 July 2010, Brisbane Brisbane Roar v Everton Suncorp Stadium Gates open: 6.00pm Kick-off: 7.30pm Tickets available from Ticketek, www.ticketek.com.au Telephone 132 849 or 1300 364 001 (groups)

Prices - Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane

Gold[1] Silver[2] Premium Bronze[3] Bronze Single $139.95 $99.95 $79.95 $49.95 Family n/a $299.90 $249.90 $179.90

All prices include GST. Transaction fees may apply.

(1) 20% discount for groups of 10 or more adult tickets purchased (2) 15% discount for groups of 10 or more adult tickets purchased (3) 10% discount for groups of 10 or more adult tickets purchased