PHIL NEVILLE can’t wait to return to Goodison Park tonight.
Everton bring their pre-season preparations back to home soil for the historic match against CD Everton of Chile – the South American club that took its name from a touring Everton team back in 1909.
Tonight will be the first time the two Everton’s have played each other and Neville is looking forward to the occasion.
“It is quite a unique fixture,” said the Everton captain.
“We saw Chile in the World Cup and they are a much improved footballing nation.
“It’s the first time our fans will see us in action at Goodison. The season is creeping up on us and we need to make sure we hit the ground running.
“We want to win the game, winning brings confidence and every player in the squad is back training now.
“Hopefully the fans will see the World Cup players tonight and the boys are looking forward to being at Goodison.”
CD Everton goalkeeper Gustavo Dalsasso insists his team are looking to upset the odds tonight.
Dalsasso is excited by the prospect of facing the Premier League club and says CD Everton are here to win.
“We’ve got an ambition to come over here and do well, pull together and try and get a result,” said Dalsasso.
“Obviously we want to get everything right and do as well as we can.
“We are here to represent our club; a club that has got great relations with Everton in England.
“We are also representing our country.
“This is my first time in England.
“I am looking forward to playing against Everton at Goodison Park.
“Any South American is going to look forward to coming here to play against one of the best teams in what is probably the most illustrious league in the world.”
Meanwhile, Blackburn Rovers are lining up a move for James Vaughan.
The Everton striker has moved down the pecking order at Goodison Park following the summer arrivals of Jermaine Beckford and Magaye Gueye and could be tempted by a fresh challenge at Ewood Park.
Rovers manager Sam Allardyce is an admirer of Vaughan and is thought to be willing to meet Everton’s the £1.5million valuation to land the 22-year-old.
Vaughan burst on to the scene against Crystal Palace in April 2005 when he became Everton’s and the Premier League’s youngest ever goalscorer.
Since then his progress has been hampered by a succession of injuries and he has struggled to make an impact in David Moyes’ team.
Following two loan stints last season, first with Derby County before joining Leicester in March, Moyes is thought to be prepared to let Vaughan leave on a permanent basis as he looks to raise funds before the end of the transfer window.