New Toffee Walcott 8-1 for World Cup squad

THEO WALCOTT ended his 12-year association with Arsenal on Wednesday by signing for Everton in a reported £20m deal.

After making just six substitute appearances for Arsenal in the Premier League this season, Walcott has fallen out of favour with England manager Gareth Southgate.

He has a maximum of 15 games to impress Southgate before the end of the season but the chances of an international recall appear slim with bet365 offering 8-1 about Walcott making the Three Lions' World Cup squad.

The signing was the second big January deal for the Toffees, who last week snapped up Turkish striker Cenk Tosun from Besiktas for £27m.

Arsenal have been tipped to reinvest some of the money in Brazilian winger Malcom, who is facing disciplinary action from his club, Bordeaux.

Malcom angered his employers by appearing in a social media video laughing and joking with team-mates after the club's 2-0 loss at home to Caen on Saturday.

Martin O'Neill has successfully concluded contract talks with the Ireland FA shortly after turning down the chance to manage Premier League strugglers Stoke.

O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane have agreed two-year extensions which will take them up to Euro 2020.

Sky Bet League One strugglers Southend are searching for a new manager after putting Phil Brown on gardening leave.

The Shrimpers board decided to act after a dismal run of seven losses in eight league games which leaves them club 18th - just two points above the drop zone.

Match in Focus

20:00 Mo 10Dec SKY

Everton v Watford

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • Everton have been drawing at half-time in 12 of their 15 league games this season
Expert verdict
There is a strong trend towards Everton being level at the break and the Toffees may well need to show patience if they are to give Marco Silva a win against his former club. Watford made a flying start but have picked up only eight points since the September international break and Everton can eventually find a way through.

 

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