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Edwin van der Sar is backing former teammate Tim Howard to emulate his longevity and enjoy a prolonged career in the Premier League.

The Dutch international hung up his gloves at the age of 40 in May 2011 after a decade playing in English football’s elite division.

Howard and Van der Sar competed for the goalkeeper’s position at Old Trafford during the 2005/06 campaign before the American moved to Everton, initially on a season-long loan deal.

The transfer was made permanent in 2007 and Howard has since gone on to make over 300 appearances for the Blues.

And Van der Sar is convinced that the 34-year-old is destined to keep goal at Goodison Park for many seasons to come.

“In my first year at Manchester United, I worked and played with Tim,” Van der Sar told “At that point he was still very young and he was disappointed that I came in and played so many matches.

“After that he got a great move to Everton and has performed at a steady level.

“He is able to pull off miraculous saves, is flexible and is always up and about and quick on his feet.

“I’m sure he is going to be there for many more years and I’m sure the fans are happy with him.”

Graeme Sharp Van der Sar

Van der Sar was speaking to on a recent trip to Beijing where he joined Graeme Sharp, Ray Hall, Ronald de Boer and Aron Winter in promoting Football Dream - a new sports entertainment television show involving both Everton and Ajax which will air across China later this year.

To discover more about Football Dream, click here.

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