NIKICA JELAVIC has warned two of his Everton team-mates he is hungry for more trade-mark goals on international duty tonight.
The Toffees striker displayed his usual first-time killer instinct to bag Croatia’s winner over Macedonia on Friday, and is on the hunt for more when he faces a Belgian side featuring Marouane Fellaini and Kevin Mirallas in Brussels this evening.
Jelavic provided the perfect finish to Mario Mandzukic’s cross within six minutes of coming off the bench to get new boss Igor Stimac’s reign off to a perfect start in his national team’s previous outing.
He said: "I dedicate that goal to the Croatian people and hope I can score again on Tuesday.
"We knew that Macedonia might and would defend, but with Mario I found the opening anyway. What we did remains a secret between me and Mandzukic.
"Offensively against Belgium, we will have more opportunities."
The former Rangers man will be guaranteed a warm return to Finch Farm later this week, although Fellaini’s may be rather more muted.
His reported comments about seeking a Goodison exit next summer, made while on international duty on Saturday, were greeted with disappointment and surprise by the club.
But sources insist the 24-year-old will not be subject to sanctions although he may have to explain himself to David Moyes, and club officials hope the Belgian will have learned from the experience.