Everton defender Sylvain Distin is all set to become the first foreign outfield player to make 400 Premier League appearances.

The French International was set to reach the landmark against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, but was ruled out of the fixture due to a virus.

The veteran defender, who has also represented Portsmouth, Manchester City and Newcastle United during his career, is expected to reach the milestone in Everton's next league game against Norwich City on the February 23 having shaken off his illness.

And Distin admitted that he will be delighted to write his name into the Premier League history books.

Speaking to the Daily Post, Distin said: "I'm not there yet so I'm not pleased. But if it happens then it's obviously something pretty amazing.

"I don't count games to be fair so you could say to me 200, 300, 500 and I would just have said 'yes'.

"But overall it's not just the quantity of games, it's the quality as well."

Whilst Distin stopped short of saying he feels like an Englishman having spent a large majority of his career on British shores, the 36-year-old stopper enjoys spending time in the UK.

"I've been here for a long time and I enjoy it here," added Distin. "Do I feel English? No. Do I feel comfortable? Yes."

Distin, who recently signed a new one-year contract to take him to the summer of 2014, has made 116 league appearances for Everton since arriving at Goodison Park in August 2009, scoring two goals.


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