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Everton have yet to add to their squad this summer, but they announced last night that long-serving defender Tony Hibbert has signed a new contract. The 33-year-old has been with the Toffees since 1991, and has now signed a new two-year-deal which should make him a one-club man up until his retirement. Hibbert now says that he's fit to play having struggled with injuries last season, but also praised current right back Seamus Coleman.
"I’m okay and there are no injuries,' Hibbert told Everton's official website. "I picked up a few [last season] but I’m fit and I’m ready to go. The manager is pleased and he likes me around the team. Seamus has been unbelievable and deserves his place for the way he is playing. We need players in a squad that will keep fighting for each other and pushing each other for places. The games will come thick and fast so it is very important to have a good, strong squad."
Everton stopper Tim Howard was part of the United States side that was knocked out of the World Cup after a 2-1 defeat to Belgium last night. Jurgen Klinsmann's men put up an incredible fight in extra time, but just couldn't find the equalising goal. Their star man was undoubtedly Howard, who made a stunning 16 saves - the most in a game in World Cup history since 1966 - but Howard says the win was all that mattered, which USA just couldn't get.
"That's a crazy stat. But bittersweet I suppose…You know, I don't really keep count. It sucks that we lost. So that's the overriding thing unfortunately.” I don't know [if it was the best performance of my career]. Maybe. It was of the spectacular variety but we lost, so I don't know if it can be counted up there."
"You just try and do all the things that have gotten me here, and gotten us here, and we hope that it all comes together," Howard continued. "That's what I signed up to do, stick my face in front of balls. I hope I can get more saves than I allow goals."
Howard is now 35, and the Toffees will no doubt be looking to land a young goalkeeper to groom behind the former Manchester United stopper. Speculation today suggests that Everton are lining up a move for 14-year-old Polish goalkeeper Tomasz Kucz from Polonia Warsaw. Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen have all been linked with moves for Kucz, who has been tipped to have a bright future.