Heitinga prepared to meet Everton critics head-on

Everton defender John Heitinga remains committed to engaging with the fans despite receiving abuse.

The Holland international has borne the brunt of supporters' anger - particularly in recent weeks - after some poor performances.

"I don't really care what people say," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"I'm on Twitter because I want to show a little bit of myself to the supporters.

"I hope to get respect when I put something on Twitter and see people react positively.

"If the response is only negative then the time will come when no-one is on Twitter any more.

"The gap between the fans will become bigger.

"At the moment the gap can become smaller because you can respond to supporters' questions and speak to them."

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