Lukaku 'does not back Anelka views'

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has stressed Romelu Lukaku does not support Nicolas Anelka's controversial 'quenelle' celebration.

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Gareth Barry completes Everton move

Everton have completed the permanent signing of Gareth Barry after the midfielder signed a three-year deal.

The 33-year-old spent last season on loan at Goodison Park and became an integral figure for manager Roberto Martinez, making 36 appearances.

Gareth Barry and manager Roberto Martinez, attending a photocall to mark Barry's three year renewal of his contract, at Goodison Park Credit: Peter Byrne/Everton FC/Press Association Images

Barry was out of contract after his deal with Manchester City expired and had been considering a number of offers but has decided to make his stay with the Toffees a longer-term arrangement, with the contract announced on the club's website.

The former England international is Martinez's first signing of the summer as the Spaniard looks to bolster his squad with possibly six new arrivals as he prepares for the additional demands of a Europa League campaign.

Everton charity boss gets MBE in Birthday Honours

Everton in the Community Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chief Executive of Everton Football Club, Dr Denise Barrett-Baxendale, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

She's being awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for “services to the Merseyside community”.

Dr Denise Barrett-Baxendale

Since her appointment, the official charity of Everton Football Club has received a plethora of local, national and international awards in recognition of the life-changing work it undertakes in the community on a daily basis.

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Phil Neville: Everton already cracking under pressure

Manchester United coach Phil Neville says he feels Everton are starting to crack under the pressure of being in the hunt for Champions League qualification.

Neville will return to Goodison Park on Sunday for the first time since he left Everton to join the Man United backroom staff under David Moyes.

Phil Neville Credit: PA

After coming through the youth ranks as part of the famed 'Class of '92', Neville went on to enjoy 10 successful years on the United playing staff before he joined Everton in 2005.

Neville was captain of the Merseyside club, but there is no doubt where his true loyalties lie.

Neville believes Everton's 3-2 defeat against Crystal Palace on Wednesday shows that they are struggling to cope with the demands of being touted as a serious top-four contender.

"Everton were the team that were in control of their own destiny but it's a different kind of pressure when you have to go out there and win games so Everton are under that pressure now," Neville told Football Focus.

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Tim Howard hailed Premier League's best goalkeeper

Tim Howard Credit: PA

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has been hailed as the Premier League's best goalkeeper by manager Roberto Martinez after signing a contract extension tying him to the club until 2018.

The 35-year-old American has been with the Toffees since 2006, initially moving on a loan basis from Manchester United before the clubs made the arrangement permanent.

He was due to reach the end of his stay at Goodison Park at the end of the 2015/16 season but has agreed to a further two years.

Martinez, whose team are vying with Arsenal for a Champions League place, told Everton's website: "It is fantastic news. To have Tim Howard performing as he has been this season, I cannot see past him to choose the best goalkeeper in the league.

"For him, in such an important year with the World Cup around the corner, to commit his future for the long term is an incredible moment for the dressing room.

"I am extremely proud of Tim's achievements for the football club. On top of his goalkeeping it's his overall demeanour and personality in the dressing room. He is a strong leader."

Martinez: Arsenal win a huge psychological boost for Everton

Everton have a top four finish and Champions League qualification is in their sights, and are now just a point behind Arsenal.

Roberto Martinez told a post-match press conference that their victory against the Gunners was 'a really good memory for everyone at Everton'.

He added:

"Yes it was a great performance and yes they were huge points from a psychological point of view, but now we're facing Sunderland at the weekend, and, as you can imagine, if we are not perfect in that game we're not going to get three points.'

Family backs heart screening sessions for young people

by Natasha Carter

The family of a promising young footballer from Liverpool, who died after a heart attack, have been organising free cardiac screenings for young people in the region.

John Marshall died almost two decades ago from an undetected heart condition.

His family and a local football team raised money for the leading heart charity for young people, Cardiac Risk in the Young, to provide free ECG examinations at Edge Hill University in Ormsirk.

For more information visit the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) website.

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