Keeper Tim Howard has revealed he has decided to call time on his Everton career in order to play at the World Cup in Russia.
The USA international will end his 10-year Everton stay in the summer and head back to the USA where he will join up with MLS side Colorado Rapids.
By doing that he hopes to keep himself ahead of his rival for the US number one spot, Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan.
Howard has lost his place at Everton to Joel Robles and he knows he needs to be playing first-team football to have a chance of being the US keeper in years to come.
“It gives me an opportunity to be in the shop window before the next World Cup,” he told reporters.
“And the excitement about being in Colorado and building something, people don’t care to hear that but that’s the most important thing for me.
“I had two years left at the club I love and I planned on playing them out until this opportunity came up. It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”