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Everton unravels, eliminated from Europa League

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The verdict is in on the the 2017/18 Everton side, and it’s not a good one.

The Toffees suffered its latest setback — a major one — on Thursday as the Premier League side was eliminated from the UEFA Europa League following a 3-0 defeat against Lyon.

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Everton conceded three times in a span of 20 minutes after halftime, which proved to be the English side’s downfall.

Bertrand Traoré, Houssem Aoua and Memphis each scored for the French side, which began in the 68th minute as former Chelsea attacker, Traore, pegged Lyon ahead.

The agony was only exaggerated late on as Morgan Schneiderlin was sent off after earning his second yellow card in the 80th minute for Everton.

Idrissa Gueye had one of the first solid chance of the second stanza for the visitors, after Ademola Lookman picked out the Everton attacker. However, Gueye’s shot was saved in the bottom left corner by Lopes.

The Toffees were forced to make a switch prior to halftime when Cuco Martina was stretchered off the pitch in the 43rd minute.

The 28-year-old landed awkwardly after colliding with Lyon’s Maxwel Cornet, which prompted the change from Everton manager David Unsworth.

Lyon and Atlanta currently lead Group E with eight points each, while Apollon Limassol keeps its slim hopes of advancing alive after capturing a draw against the latter on Thursday.

England has taken notice of Southampton, so when will France?

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Jay Rodriguez, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana all earned what Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino described as “deserved calls” to the English National Team and last Saturday two of the three scored, much to the delight of the on-looking Roy Hodgson.

Yet while the Englishmen justified their honor, it was a Frenchman, midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, whose performance may once again have gotten overlooked.

With a match-high 93.1% pass completion to go with his three interceptions and four clearances, the 24-year-old bossed the Saints midfield and opened the scoring with a hard-fought header to help Southampton to their fifth Premier League victory in seven matches.

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Morgan Schneiderlin, overlooked by France and under-appreciated by pundits.

The performance was yet another message to French National Team manager Didier Deschamps to give Schneiderlin a call-up, as if his leading the Premier League in both interceptions (139) and tackles (146) last year didn’t already warrant the honor.

Pochettino, for one, is surprised a call-up to Les Bleus has yet to come through.

“It does surprise me [he hasn’t played for France] because he’s a player that does have the same quality as the players that have been called up,” Pochettino told the Daily Mail.

“He is a player that has amazing quality and I am 100 percent sure it will happen. He needs to keep on working with the same humility, the same work ethic and it’s a matter of time until he will get that call-up.”

And just in case the French Football Federation thinks Pochettino might be a little too high on his own player, the Argentine manager through out a little nugget for them to suck on.

“The only thing I would say to the French Federation is they should be careful because he might be able to play for England.”

That threat, based on the residency rule, is a 100% valid as Schneiderlin’s has lived in England for the last five years.