By my count, five Everton players are on squads at Euro 2012. They are:
John Heitinga – Holland
Darren Gibson – Ireland
Nikica Jelavic – Croatia
Leighton Baines – England
Phil Jagielka – England
Heitinga will probably start at center back for Holland. Gibson and Jelavic both may start and, at a minimum, should see a fair amount of action. Baines, as good as he is, will probably be the back-up for the outstanding Ashley Cole at the left-back. Jags may be a defensive substitute, but probably won’t start unless another center back becomes injured.
I count four ex-Everton players on Euro 2012 squads:
Wayne Rooney – England (after his two-game suspension expires)
Joleon Lescott — England
Richard Dunne – Ireland
Lars Jacobsen – Denmark
Finally, Slaven Bilic, the manager of Croatia, made 28 appearances for Everton, most of which are best forgotten.
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