Premier League International Cup

McCarthy returns in Everton defeat

18 Oct 2017
James McCarthy, Everton

Midfielder's comeback fails to stop young Toffees losing International Cup tie against Wolfsburg

James McCarthy made his first appearance since July but was unable to prevent Everton losing 3-1 to Wolfsburg in their International Cup opener at Southport.

The midfielder played until half-time, by which point Everton were ahead thanks to a strike by Boris Mathis and a sensational save by Louis Gray.

The Everton goalkeeper was helpless to prevent Murat Saglam equalising just before the hour.

Substitute Abdallah El-Haibi put Wolfsburg ahead in the 74th minute and Blaz Kramer sealed victory with a breakaway goal from a Toffees corner.

Derby County and Dinamo Zagreb are the other teams in Group C.

See: Everton report

Next: 20 Oct Everton v Sunderland (H) PL2

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