When Everton recently disposed of Tamworth in the third round of the FA Cup, David Moyes—almost certainly unknowingly—created a bit of history. For the first time in the club's illustrious past, there was only one Englishman present in the entire starting lineup.
Phil Neville was the one exception that night, with James McFadden the only other British player to start, highlighting the fashionable continental flavour that permeates most Premier League squads these days.
Back in 1990, Swedish international Stefan Rehn, was the first foreigner to infiltrate an entirely British and Irish Everton squad. Two decades on, and with the prices of domestic players soaring, 11 out of the past 12 signings made by David Moyes hail from foreign shores.
Fans pitching up to see Everton over the past couple of decades have been fortunate enough to watch increasing numbers of elite internationals strut their stuff on the Goodison Park turf. Here is my version of the best foreign XI, picked from players born outside of Britain and Ireland.