Everton FC News: LANDON DONOVAN is backing Leighton Baines to make the England World Cup squad and set up a mouth watering reunion.
The US star gained immediate hero status at Goodison Park after a string of superb displays whilst on loan from LA Galaxy this season.
A return to Everton in the January transfer window next season could be an option manager David Moyes explores but for the time being fans will have to make do with watching Donovan from afar.
However, the American is hoping to meet up with one of Moyes’ men much sooner than that when the USA take on England on June 12 in their opening Group C World Cup match.
Left-back Baines has already been named in Fabio Capello’s 30-man provisional squad but Donovan believes the Kirkby-born player is good enough to make the final 23 and face him in Rustenburg.
Donovan said: “I’m not surprised that Bainesy made it.
“I was really impressed with him during my time at Everton and I’m pulling for him to make the 23 man roster.
“It would be awesome to play against him on June 12, although I trained against him almost every day for three months and it wasn’t all that enjoyable for me!”
Meanwhile, Everton’s luckless year with injuries has taken a turn for the better this week with the news youngster Dan Gosling is expected to return to fitness sooner than thought.
Fears were Gosling would miss nine months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Wolves in March but assistant Steve Round reports the England Under-21 international’s recovery is going well after successful surgery.
He said: “Dan is doing very well after his surgery. There was less damage than we first thought so that was a positive.
“He has got a lot of rehabilitation to do and a lot of hard work ahead of him.
“All being well, if Dan puts the time and effort in and follows the programme there is no reason why he shouldn’t make a full recovery.”