Everton boss David Moyes is delighted with the form of fullback Tony Hibbert since his return to full fitness.

"I think he has risen to the challenge," Moyes told evertonfc.com. "Hibbo has been one of the ones who has been with us all the way. There is competition and he knows that.

"He is having to keep stepping up to the mark, so does Leon Osman. But those two boys, for me, are part of the brickwork here."

Despite being aware of the competition for places in the defensive line-up, Hibbert has continued to put in excellent personal performances making the defender a trustworthy choice in the eyes of the manager.

"They are our equivalent of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, if you want to put it that way," said Moyes. "They are local boys and know what is required.

"Hibbo's reliability is the thing. There are some times when we have changed it around. We might have needed a bit better going forward.

"But defensively and in terms of reliability, for me he is someone that you can hang your hat on. The young boys should be looking at him. Hibbo has been great for us."