Indeed, Lineker is delighted with how his former clubs are doing - Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona etc.
He played for the Toffees too, of course, and he joked about suspecting he was in a coma if Everton also went on to enjoy success in the FA Cup this season.
Lineker tweeted on Sunday:
If they win the Cup then I'd be worried about waking up. https://t.co/wlaB30LpYT— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 20, 2016
Howard has struggled badly for form this season but Roberto Martinez continually heaped praise on the shot stopper.
However, it appears reality took over from Martinez's fantasy and it was acknowledged that the goalkeeper is now well past his best and all set for MLS football:
Everton lost 2-0 to Arsenal on Saturday afternoon and travel to Manchester United in their next Premier League clash. In the Cup, the Toffees will face either West Ham or Man United at Wembley.