Defender stays focused
Everton defender Tony Hibbert has revealed he will not take any gift penalties in his testimonial against AEK Athens tonight.
The 31-year-old defender celebrates 11 years with the club at Goodison Park with a pre-season clash against the Greek side but despite having never scored for Everton he does not want a goal to be gifted to him.
Instead he has sights set on a spectacular strike and will treat tonight's match like any other pre-season game.
"Everyone has been asking me that!" Hibbert told the Post. "The manager hasn't said anything, nobody has. I would rather us win 1-0 than us get beat 2-1 and I score the goal. I just want us to win.
"I don't know why everyone is saying I should take a penalty either. It's an easy way of scoring, isn't it? If I'm going to do it, I want it to be a 30 yarder!
"I'd probably just prefer to get on with it. I know all the eyes will be on me because it is my game. I have done everything that has needed to be done before the game, now I just want to get on with it.
"The manager has said it is a pre-season game and that means we have got to be competitive. Once the game starts, everything that has surrounded the game goes out of the window."
Meanwhile Hibbert has revealed that Wayne Rooney asked to feature in the testimonial, only to have to pull out as the game clashed with Manchester United's pre-season friendly against Barcelona.