Football: Everton land in Singapore for Barclays Asia Trophy | Singapore Informer

SINGAPORE: English football side Everton FC touched down in Singapore on Monday (Jul 13), hoping to start its pre-season tour in a positive fashion in the upcoming Barclays Asia Trophy.

The Toffees have brought a 24-man strong squad for their two National Stadium matches, against Stoke City on Wednesday and another with either Arsenal or the Singapore Select XI team on Saturday.

All smiles upon arrival into Singapore for the Barclays Asia Trophy (Photo: Jack Board) 

Among the squad are new Everton recruits Tom Cleverley, who has reunited with manager Roberto Martinez from their days at Wigan, and Spanish winger Gerard Deulofeu, who joined the club on a permanent basis in the summer for a reported £4.2 million (S$8.85 million) after a loan stint from Barcelona FC.

Romelu Lukaku, Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley are all expected to take their place in the side, as Everton build towards the upcoming English season, hoping to go better than their 11th place finish in 2014/15.

“The period that we spend in Singapore is going to be without a doubt, extremely positive, and I’m just hoping that the games will add some spice that you need in pre-season work”: Everton Football Club coach Roberto Martinez. Jack Board)

Posted by Channel NewsAsia Singapore on Monday, 13 July 2015

Missing from the travelling squad are England left-back Leighton Baines, who is out with an ankle injury, Darron Gibson, who is nursing a wounded foot, and the injury-cursed Bryan Oviedo, still recovering from a toe injury sustained in April.

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