Beattie & Johnson for England
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alan Stubbs has tipped Everton's Andrew Johnson and James Beattie for England.
Defender Alan Stubbs has tipped Everton's new strikeforce of Andrew Johnson and James Beattie to fire their way into the England squad this season.
The Toffees had the worst league goal tally in their history last term, and David Moyes has strengthened accordingly.
Johnson came in for £8.6 million from Crystal Palace to join January 2005's £6 million man from Southampton.
But while the two are yet to hit the net since joining up in pre-season the veteran defender is sure that it will just be a matter of time, as they head to America on a two-match tour.
"They may not have scored yet, but Andy and James are excellent. They are a potential England partnership, both very potent," Stubbs told the Daily Express.
"James is physical and holds on to the ball well, while Andy is quick and scores goals, an excellent striker to have around.
"James McFadden, too, can score goals and play in a variety of attacking positions. We have goals in the team now.
"Last season we were scraping 1-0 results and the defence were having to keep clean sheets to save the points.
"But now we hope we can attack more and score more goals and things could be a little more comfortable. That gives the lads at the back a breather."
As well as the stellar pairing, 18-year-old Victor Anichebe's coming of age has increased the air of confidence at the club ahead of another grueling Premiership campaign.
"There is good competition now all over the park and we have certainly got more bodies into the club which means that we can cope more when we get a couple of injuries," Stubbs added.
"We look to have cover in every position - and that will be better for the team overall."
The Goodison Park outfit will have a chance to shine and forge closer ties with the new arrivals against Columbus Crew on Wednesday, before facing Club America on Saturday.