Craig Shakespeare hailed youngsters as they win against Apollon Limassol

Everton's starting XI
Everton’s starting XI


Craig Shakespeare, who took charge of the Toffees while new boss Sam Allardyce is a way due to a pre-arranged medical appointment, created a team made of fringe players and kids and defeated Apollon Limassol 3-0.

Everton avoided finishing bottom of the group and Shakespeare gave credit to his young players who made the win possible.

Harry Charsley and Fraser Hornby made their debuts in the XI for the dead rubber. Shakespeare also introduced three teenagers from the bench for their maiden first-team appearances where 16-year-old Anthony Gordon was introduced.

This was the youngest starting line-up made by an English team for a European group game in eight years.

Shakespeare hailed 20-year old Ademola Lookman for scoring twice in the opening half an hour while Nikola Vlasic added a third late on.

Apollon Limassol 0-3 Everton
Apollon Limassol 0-3 Everton


“I do. Remember he’s only young and there were a lot of young players on that pitch.

“Of course as young players, they need the opportunity, but they also need to show the ability as well. He (Lookman) did tonight.

“We just said to the squad after, look at this as a starting block and in the football, you get your just rewards most of the time. The work ethic was there for all to see and so were the rewards.

“Hopefully that will give the young boys a bit of confidence and they can have a good career in the game.”

Ademola Lookman


When asked about Sam Allardyce possible reactions toward the outcome of the game, he said:

“I didn’t speak to him during the game, I’ll give him a ring after,” Shakespeare added of Allardyce. “I’m sure he watched it and I’m sure he will be delighted.

“The whole team did well. To keep a clean sheet and score three…they take enormous credit from that.

“The second goal was a very good one. A team goal. We played some really good stuff first half. With more care, we could have had more.”

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