STEVEN PIENAAR believes Everton can still qualify for the Champions League – but insists any European football next season would be welcome.

The South African midfielder reckons that the six-point gap between the Blues and fourth-placed Spurs can change quickly, although Everton must first recapture their momentum with a win against Norwich tomorrow.

However, even if David Moyes’ side is ultimately unable to break into European football’s elite club competition next term, Pienaar maintains that the Europa League would be an exciting consolation prize.

He said: “It’s not finished. There are still 12 games to go and if we can get all three points on Saturday it will be a big boost. We don’t have to focus on other teams too much though we have to make it easier on ourselves and get a win.

“We’ve had a bit of a dip and not been winning games. We’ve been scoring but we’ve just been conceding too easily which makes it hard. But we’re a team and we want to make sure we finish as high up there as we can.”

The 30-year-old playmaker featured for the Toffees the last time they were involved in European football, when they were defeated by Sporting Lisbon in the round of 32 in the 2009/10 Europa League.

And he is desperate to make a return to the continent in a blue shirt again.

“As a player you want to play in Europe,” he said. “I’d be happy to play in the Europa League and for the club it’s always good and puts them back on the map. If we do well it will give us a good feeling.

“It’s a lot of games sure, but it will also be good for the young players coming through to gain experience of playing in Europe. That would be a plus – you don’t always have to focus on the negative.

“Once you get to the knockout stages of the Europa League anything is possible. There are big teams in there, exciting games and it’s a really good cup.”

Darron Gibson is also aware that a positive result at Carrow Road on Saturday is essential if Everton are to get their European ambitions back on track.

“It's a big game,” he added. “I think if we want to kick on and get fourth place we need a win.

“We've got Manchester City and Arsenal coming up in the next few weeks and they're two massive games as well. I think if we could get three points at Norwich on Saturday it would be a big result.

“It's a tough place to go and we found it tough last year. The fans get behind them and it's a tight ground with a tight pitch. But I think if we play the way we've been playing and we get a bit of luck, I think we'll get a result.”