Obama's Tip For Tim
Goalkeeper receives phone call from the US president.
On Wednesday we reported how Tim Howard had gained a celebrity fanbase following his World Cup heroics for the USA.
And though Tuesday's last-16 encounter with Belgium ended in the bitter disappointment of defeat, the Everton goalkeeper has now received the biggest pat on the back of them all.
Indeed, Howard and international teammate Clint Dempsey took a telephone call in the aftermath of the match from none other than US president Barack Obama.
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The self-professed soccer lover dialled the duo straight from the Oval Office to commend them on a job well done, telling them they'd made their country "proud".
He also said they had "captured the imagination" of a nation and that their contribution would have a "significant" impact on the country and its football.
The highlight, however, was a tip to Howard on how to cope with his elevation to American icon status.
"Tim, I don't know how you're going to survive the mobs when you get back home, man," said Obama. "You're going to have to shave your beard so they don't know who you are."
Laughing, Howard thanked the president and added: "We knew you were watching and we knew how big a supporter you are, so hopefully we made you proud. It was our honour, as it always is, to represent our country."
Watch the full conversation between the trio here.