Former Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has revealed that he is finding life difficult without them, and that they make an important part of his Saturdays.

The keeper is around 5000 miles away in California and wakes early for the trans-Atlantic broadcast of the Premier League every weekend, staying in touch with the club he spent a decade.

“I miss Everton and I miss my teammates. When I watch them every Saturday, that’s what stands out to me. I miss walking down that tunnel,” the player said.

Howard featured in over three hundred games for his former club so it would definitely take him time to forget. He is still recovering from a hip injury whilst he answered questions from Echo at a Los Angeles conference centre. There are World Cup qualifiers and the new MLS season next month that the player has to look up to. In all of this, he seems to truly miss Everton. The sentiments he conveyed in his farewell letter to the club remain strong.

When asked to describe the Merseyside derbies, the Colorado Rapids shot stopper said: “You work with people and the city is split blue and red. There’s so many internal rivalries. It’s special.”

He added that he speaks regularly with former Toffees star John Stones now at Manchester City. He adds Ross Barkley and Phil Jagielka to the list as well. Continue Reading


Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney said he is impressed with the additions to the team this summer by new coach Jose Mourinho.

The England international said he feels the summer transfer singings have started well under the new coach, and knows they will do well overall.

“The signings we’ve made this season have been really good signings. They’ve settled in really quickly and you’ve seen the impact they’ve had on the pitch already.

“I hope they continue and the players who have been here a while can continue to do well. If we can do that, I’m sure we can have a very good season,” the former Everton star player added.

With the high profile additions of Mourinho this summer in Eric Baily, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba, there are huge expectations. The total sum spent costs over £145 million, even with Ibrahimovic gotten on a free transfer deal from Paris St. Germain. Mourinho is one of the top managers, following his incredible run, and with the resources at his disposal, the Premier League title is a key expectation. The team has started the season well, claiming maximum point, ahead of their third game away against Hull City. Continue Reading

Barcelona’s biggest liability lies in their defence and it just suffered a blow

Luis Suarez, Neymar, Lionel Messi and Iniesta are the main attacking figures of Barcelona and having all of these superstars in his squad it doesn’t seem like scoring goals will be a problem for the Spanish squad but the defensive section of the team is a different story.

The strength of Barcelona has never been their defence and it has sustained a huge blow after Gerard Pique received a red card due to the rants that he made during the Spanish Super Cup and Pique now has to serve a 4 match ban.

Aleix Vidal is not able to play until 2016 and the Brazilian right-back Douglas is out of action due to an injury.  Luis Enrique still has enough defensive options at his disposal including the likes of: Dani Alves, Javier Mascherano, Marc Bartra, Jordi Alba and Thomas Vermaelen but some of them have recently been struggling their pre-season.

Dani Alves and Marc Bartra have made defensive mistakes in the pre-season schedule of Barcelona.

During the opening match of the season, Barcelona faced off with Athletic Club and a lonely goal from Luis Suarez was enough for the team of Luis Enrique to seal the triumph. Continue Reading