Everton U21 coach Alan Stubbs has paid tribute to the professionalism of Sylvain Distin.

The veteran defender played the full 90 minutes of the second-string's 0-0 draw with Reading on Sunday.

"Sylvain never lets you down," he told evertontv. "He's a fantastic professional and it's a credit to him that he wants to play in these games.

"A lot of players would want the day off and a lot of the young lads should look up to him and the way he conducts himself. He helps the players when he plays for us, so we have no complaints whatsoever - it's always a pleasure to have him."