Keeper praises team-mate
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has heaped praise on central defender Phil Jagielka after his heroic performance against QPR on Sunday.
The 33-year-old has compared his team-mate to an animal after the way he went about his role in the toffee's last Premier League outing.
Reduced to 10 men after Steven Pienaar's second half sending off Jagielka put in a solid performance.
David Moyes' side trailed to a deflected Junior Hoilett goal after just a couple of minutes at Loftus Road but they were able to get back on level terms with help from a Julio Cesar own goal.
The American believes that he has the potential to cement a permanent spot in the heart of the England defence under Roy Hodgson and will make life tough for their Merseyside rivals this weekend.
Howard said: "Jags was immense. He's a leader, he's solid - and he was an animal against QPR.
"He's grown and grown and looks like he will cement himself in the England team playing like that. He's been doing that for us for years.
"He's been a rock at Everton for a long time and we need him to have the momentum going into the derby."