Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard is relishing the chance to compete in Europe this season, and maintains that the club have an excellent chance to lift silverware for the first time since the 1995 FA Cup.
A fifth-place Premier League finish last term secured Everton a spot in the Europa League for the first time since 2010, with their competition beginning this week at home to Wolfsburg, and, with Capital One Cup and FA Cup campaigns to come, Howard believes the Toffees need to take advantage.
‘When I first came here nine years ago, it seemed like almost every year we were in Europe and it's good to be back there,’ he told the club’s official website.
‘Those evening games under the lights will be good for our fans and I don't kid you when I say we are going to try and lift a cup this season.
‘We don't care whether that's in Europe, the FA Cup or whatever - and we're going to try and go well in the league."
‘Not only should we just make Europe, we should make some noise and that's what the gaffer wants to do,’ he added.
‘The fact that the winners get a Champions League spot is a small incentive for me. Lifting that cup would be brilliant.
‘We have the squad and the talent. We know there will be some tough nights but we will enjoy it.’