Everton FC News: TIM HOWARD is determined to give Everton’s fans something to cheer as the season draws to a close this weekend.
Portsmouth are the visitors to Goodison Park on Sunday for a match that will have no bearing for either club.
Regardless of the result, Everton will finish the campaign in eighth place while Portsmouth were relegated weeks ago.
The game is already a sell-out, however, and Howard has pledged that he and his teammates will be doing all they can to end the season on a positive note.
“It is so important we go out on a high in front of the fans,” said the USA international. “There’s not much left to play for but I am sure the manager will set his stall out and put a team out there to win. All the players will go out to win.”
Howard is one of several Everton players who will then link up with their national teams ahead of the World Cup after Sunday.
The former Manchester United goalkeeper will be first choice for his country in South Africa where the USA are in the same group as England, Slovenia and Algeria.
Howard will have just a week with his family before his preparations for the World Cup begin.
“I will go home for a week once the season ends then I am with the national side on the 15 May,” he explains.
“It’s going to be a busy summer and I am looking forward to it.”
Meanwhile Phil Jagielka says he is looking forward to the World Cup whether he is there or not.
The England defender has
fought his way back from a 10 month injury lay-off but doesn’t yet know if he will be included in Fabio Capello’s final squad.
“You dream about playing for your country in the World Cup and if I get the opportunity to travel with the squad, especially after the previous 10 months, it would be amazing.
“If I am lucky enough to go I’ll be buzzing but, if not, I’ll still be smiling. I’ll still be putting my shirt on supporting the boys.”