Everton star James Garner has now been named amongst some of the best young talents in Europe, alongside former Toffee Anthony Gordon.

Indeed, the pair have been named in UEFA’s Team of the Tournament for the U-21’s European Championships.

The Young Lions overcame Spain’s youngsters in the final in a tense 1-0 win as ex-Everton man Lee Carsley guided the squad to victory.

England v Spain - UEFA Under-21 Euro 2023 Final
Photo by Giorgi Ebanoidze/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Everton’s Garner has been exceptional and has once again displayed his versatility, playing at right-back in a role he is largely unaccustomed to.

The £15m man covered at right-wing-back for the injured Seamus Coleman during Everton’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth last season as the Blues survived the drop, though he is far more familiar with a midfield role.

However, such was his influence at right-back on the international stage, the 22-year-old has been named in that position in UEFA’s Team of the Tournament.

The XI players named as the best for the U21 European Championships are:

Goalkeeper: James Trafford (England), Defender: Juan Miranda (Spain), Defender: Levi Colwill (England), Defender: Taylor Harwood-Bellis (England), Defender: James Garner (England), Midfielder: Rodri (Spain), Midfielder: Antonio Blanco (Spain), Midfielder: Curtis Jones (England), Midfielder: Sergio Gómez (Spain), Forward: Abel Ruiz (Spain), Forward: Anthony Gordon (England)

Former Everton teammates Gordon and Garner shine for England at the Euros

Former Everton player Anthony Gordon was also named in the tournament’s best XI and collected the ‘Player of the Tournament‘ accolade.

Gordon switched to Newcastle United in a £45m deal last January as the Magpies flexed their new cash rich muscles, ostensibly overpaying for the Everton academy graduate.

Newcastle United Unveil New Signing Anthony Gordon
Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images

Meanwhile, Everton fans can begin to get excited about James Garner who missed much of last season through injury.

Indeed, the versatile star could have a bright future at Goodison Park and should be a key asset for Sean Dyche next season.

Related Topics