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The Toffees’ French centre-back is on the verge of becoming the first foreign outfield player to make 400 appearances, but has been forced to wait to reach the landmark

Everton centre-back Sylvain Distin is refusing to celebrate the Premier League milestone that awaits him in his next appearance for the Toffees.

The 35-year-old is on the verge of becoming the first foreign outfield player to make 400 appearances in the English top flight, and would have reached the landmark on Sunday against Manchester United but for illness.

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Now he must wait until Everton travel to Norwich on February 23, but has admitted that he values the quality of his performances over the quantity of matches he’s played.

“I’m not there yet so I’m not pleased. But if it happens then it’s obviously something pretty amazing,” the Frenchman told the Liverpool Daily Post.

"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.

"I just take games one after each other and enjoy my time, but they are the kind of records that you can only be pleased about.

"I've been here [in England] for a long time and I enjoy it here. Do I feel English? No. Do I feel comfortable? Yes.

"When you think about it, it's something you have to be proud of because playing in the Premier League is not easy and staying there is even harder."

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