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Martinez full of praise for Howard

Last Updated: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:39

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes Tim Howard's exploits at the World Cup should give everyone at the club a reason to be proud.

Howard was arguably the stand-out player for the USA at the showpiece event in Brazil, playing a crucial role in helping his side to reach the last 16.

After a strong display in the group stage, the veteran stopper pulled out a memorable and record-breaking performance against Belgium in the second round.

The 35-year-old made 16 saves, the most ever recorded in a World Cup finals match, although he couldn't prevent a 2-1 loss.

However, Martinez insists that the former Manchester United man must be proud of his showing and hopes he can carry that form through into the new season.

Martinez said: "He was magnificent. Once again he showed what an incredible ambassador he is, both for club and country.

"He had a fantastic tournament, and that performance in the last 16 will stay in the history books forever.

"He can be very proud of his performance, and I think everyone at Everton can take pride in the way one of our great ambassadors has performed too. He did the club proud as well as himself."

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