Everton Star Has His Sights Set On Liverpool And Europe

Goodison Park teenager thinks three points aginst St. Andrew’s side will catapult Toffees to Europe.

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Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell believes his side’s season is finally on track and set his sights on clinching European football next season.

The 19-year-old, who is the subject of speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United, believes the 2-1 win at Newcastle United injected fresh hope into the squad.

The three points took them up to 10th in the league, six points behind neighbours Liverpool in sixth, but with a game in hand.

Both halves of Merseyside are chasing entry into the Europa League but at the moment only fifth place is guaranteed a place.

Rodwell sees a win against Birmingham City tomorrow night as the perfect springboard to launch an assault on Europe.

“The league has been a lot different to what we’re used to,” he said to the club’s website.

“We’ve got to take it one game at a time, get a good three points against Birmingham, play well, and see where it takes us.

“A couple of good wins now and we’ll be back in the mix of things.”

But Rodwell will not take the Midlanders lightly, especially after their Carling Cup final win over Arsenal.

“We won’t be taking liberties – we’ve just got to give it our all,” he added.

“I thought Birmingham played really well in the Carling Cup final – they had a game plan and they stuck to it.

“I don’t think Arsenal turned up on the day but it was a good win for Birmingham, they took their chances and won.

“Hats off to them, but we won’t be taking anything like that into consideration. We want to win – it’s as simple as that.”

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