Starting every match for an entire season is no mean feat, and Sylvain Distin is in line to do just that for the second time in his career.

The 33-year-old defender played for Portsmouth 47 times during the 2008/09 campaign and is now four games away from ending 2010/11 with an unblemished appearance record.

Everton have certainly been reaping the rewards of the Frenchman's consistency in recent weeks as they mount a late challenge for European qualification.

And Distin, who joined Everton from Pompey two years ago, puts his longevity down to application on the training ground and a general love of the game.




 

“I love the competition and feel if you work hard and train hard then you are ready to play and it is all about the games for me," he told the official Everton website.

"I might not enjoy training so much but by doing things properly then you get to play in the games and you would have to drag me off the pitch to be honest, I love the games.

“Maybe two or three times in my career I have gone through the season and played in every game but I am getting to an age when I am probably a bit more proud of that fact. I am happy and I feel good.”

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