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Distin: No Euro Distractions

Defender says early Euro qualification talk wont distract Blues.

Sylvain Distin
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Sylvain Distin insists Everton will not become distracted by talk of potential European qualification.

The Blues' early season form has seen them tipped by many to be in contention at the top of the table next May.

But with 26 Barclays Premier League fixtures still to play and a busy Christmas and New Year period on the horizon, the 34-year-old says the players can't afford to get ahead of themselves at this stage.

Distin told evertontv: "I don't think about the top four, I just think about staying as high as possible and competing for something interesting at the end.

"For me, it's still too early to think about the top four but obviously that's what everybody is talking about.

"Are we going to start talking about it? I won't. I just want to win every single game and after Christmas maybe it will be time to start dreaming. Right now, we will try to stay as high as we can and keep playing the way we play."

Distin has been forced to take a watching brief over the past two weeks due to the form of defensive pairing Phil Jagielka and John Heitinga.

An unused substitute at the Madejski Stadium, the Frenchman is confident another string of good results is just around the corner and that Saturday's defeat will prove just a blip.

"I don't think we need to send out a message to people who doubt us," added Distin. "We don't doubt. We know where we are and I think there's only one team who have lost more games than us.

"We must be in the top six of the defences, top six of the attacks and we've lost maybe two games in over 20 games.

"You just have to look at the stats, at our league position, how much we spend every season and where we finish and that's our message.

"If because we've lost one game people forget all the stuff we've done before then maybe some players would like to send a message.

"I don't - my message is all-year round, not just one game."

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