Ramiro Funes Mori is absolutely desperate to go to the World Cup.

Injured in March 2017 whilst on international duty with Argentina, Funes Mori was in the most recent national squad and insists he’s completely fit and ready to play.

The only appearance he’s had for Everton this season is 14 minutes against Swansea City on April 14th, and he needs more if he’s going to get to Russia.

Argentine newspaper Ole have a feature on the situation in their Thursday edition, and some interesting quotes from the player.

On his general fitness, the defender explained: “I lack rhythm of play, but it is the only thing. Physically I’m 100% and I’m training well. In the national team I was able to play, it is something to overcome. I told the whole coaching staff, since I recovered, that I was going to recover and go to the World Cup.”

So keen is Funes Mori to get on the pitch for Everton that he’s asked Wayne Rooney to have a word with manager Sam Allardyce: “I asked the coach to play me because I’m playing for a place to go to the World Cup. I’m fine and I hope I can play these games. I spoke with Rooney to tell the coach to put me on, he’s the captain and I told him so. He told me he was going to pass it on. I will do everything possible to go.”

Allardyce has spoken well of Funes Mori and the player’s return, so perhaps there’s some hope for the defender.

Next up for Everton is Huddersfield Town away on Saturday, and the Argentina international will be bursting to get some minutes.