Kompany and Lukaku wax lyrical over American superhero Howard

Tim Howard USA

Manchester City and Chelsea's Belgium World Cup stars are united in their credit of Everton and USA goalkeeper.

Despite exiting the World Cup, the participation of the USA men's national football team will live long in tournament history as they brought with them passionate match-going fans, a well disciplined team ethic instilled by coach Jurgen Klinsmann but, above all, a superhero.

Not Captain America, a Hollywood product whose global reach saw many supporters don suits like the one pictured above, but Tim Howard, whose 15 saves in one match - the 2-1 extra-time loss to Belgium in Tuesday evening's Round of 16 clash - set a competition record.

Out of all shot-stoppers, Guillermo Ochoa of Mexico included, it is Howard who has made the most saves - 27.

The command he has of his box, his decision-making, distribution and especially his ability to block, punch and save won many plaudits, with even his opponents giving credit as it is due.

Post-match, Belgium centre back Vincent Kompany had just three words "Tim Howard" followed by "Respect!"

While Romelu Lukaku waxed lyrical over his former team-mate at Everton's skills. He said on Instagram: "What a result! What a game! [I am] so happy for our country!

"It feels good to be in this position… shout-out the US team! They're real good competitors and will definitely be a stronger team in the upcoming years also; Tim Howard you're one of the best teammates I've ever had! You're right up there! Today you showed why as always why you are one of the best in goalkeeping.

"Thanks for your shirt!"

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