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After their trip to Uruguay, Argentina, unbeaten in 25 matches, host Brazil next week and victories in both could be enough to book their ticket to Qatar.
Premier League: Rafa Benitez's Everton sceptics grow quieter as flying start propels European dreams
Everton have lost just one of Benitez's first seven Premier League games in charge despite a limited budget due to financial fair-play restrictions and injuries to star strikers Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.
James Rodriguez, once regarded as a potential superstar during his time in Madrid, left Everton having made 26 appearances and scored six goals.
As far as Ancelloti’s coaching portfolio is concerned, he is one of the only three managers who have won the Champions League and European Cup thrice – twice with AC Milan and once with Real Madrid.
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti, like many of his fellow Premier League managers, is increasingly concerned by the toll the packed schedule is taking on their players.
Everton will head into the Merseyside derby against Liverpool after the international break with maximum points from their first four games.
LaLiga: Eden Hazard ready to make Real Madrid return after missing opening two games through ankle injury
Hazard last played for the Spanish champions in August's Champions League loss at Manchester City in his first campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu where he scored just once after suffering various injuries.
Premier League: Chelsea come back from dead to draw at West Brom; Manchester United snatch 100th-minute win
It is Everton who are setting the early pace in the Premier League as they secured a third straight win in controversial circumstances, 2-1 at Crystal Palace.
Premier League: Wilfried Zaha nets brace as Crystal Palace stun Manchester United; Arsenal edge West Ham
It was a chastening start to the season for United, who have come under fire from fans frustrated at their relatively modest transfer outlay compared to their title rivals.
Premier League: Dominic Calvert-Lewin nets, James Rodriguez shines as Everton beat Tottenham; Leicester victorious
It was the first time Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho — who has previously managed Chelsea and Manchester United — has lost his opening match of a Premier League season, having been unable to sign a backup option to Kane.
Ancelotti enjoyed a bright start to his reign after his appointment in December but their form fell away and they finished in their lowest position since 2004.
James believes Everton can lift major silverware for the first time since the 1995 FA Cup.
James's performances on the world stage earned him an 80 million euro ($95 million) move to Madrid six years ago and he shone in his first season in the Spanish capital under Ancelotti's management.
LaLiga: Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale set to miss upcoming league Espanyol game, Champions League fixture against Club Brugge
Other Madrid players who did not practice with the rest of the squad on Friday included Eden Hazard, James Rodríguez, Marcelo, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vázquez
LaLiga: Real Madrid's injury woes worsen as Isco faces upto three weeks on sidelines after picking up thigh injury
The injury to Isco is another setback for Zinedine Zidane's team which already has a lengthy injury list featuring Eden Hazard, James Rodriguez, Brahim Díaz, Rodrygo and Marco Asensio
LaLiga: Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez likely to miss Villarreal game after sustaining calf injury
James was included in the starting line-up for Madrid's 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu, despite missing all their pre-season matches as he was expected to leave the club.
Previously, Barcelona had floated an offer to sign Neymar on loan with an obligation to buy for $177.4 million at the end of the season which was rejected in Paris
Real Madrid season preview: Injuries, poor pre-season create doubts for Zinedine Zidane's men despite reinforcements
Real Madrid splashed the cash and spent over 300 million Euros in the summer to recover from a miserable campaign last season. But injuries and uncertainty in pre-season give little room for optimism.
Gareth Bale returns as Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane stays tight-lipped on Neymar transfer speculation
It was Real Madrid's seventh and final warm-up fixture ahead of the start of La Liga next weekend but Gareth Bale has only played three of those, and each time as a substitute
Copa America 2019: Duvan Zapata's late goal sends Colombia into quarter-finals after victory over Qatar
Duvan Zapata scored for the second match running to send Colombia into the Copa America quarter-finals with a late header to beat Qatar 1-0 on Wednesday.