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Tim Howard RANDOMLY drug tested after record-breaking performance

Darragh Collins

Published 03/07/2014 | 09:58

Goalkeeper Tim Howard of the U.S. gestures during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against Belgium at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador
Goalkeeper Tim Howard of the U.S. gestures during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against Belgium at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador

World Cup hero Tim Howard was randomly drug tested after his incredible 16-save performance during the USA's 2-1 defeat to Belgium in their last 16 clash

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The netminder was selected at random for a drug test directly after Tuesday’s clash with Belgium during which he set a new World Cup record for most saves made.

It meant that he was unable to join up with the rest of his team mates in the dressing room after their gallant defeat.

"I got dragged into drug testing, again, randomly," Howard told ESPN Radio when asked about the sombre mood after the match.

"So I didn't hear all of [the reactions]."

Some fans may be wondering how random Howard's selection for testing could be given his stellar display. 

After every game of the world cup, two players from each team are chosen at random to complete a drugs test, per FIFA regulations.

He joked to ESPN that ‘maybe’ the test stopped being random after his 10th or 11th save.

No player has tested positive for banned substances at this World Cup thus far.

After his outstanding performance in frustrating the Belgians, Howard was at one stage marked down as the U.S. secretary of defence on Wikipedia.

Chuck Hagel (the man who holds the position) even rang Howard on Wednesday to congratulate him on his performance and acknowledge the joke.

In praise of Howard, The Pentagon released a statement: "Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel called U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard to thank him for defending the United States of America at the World Cup.

"Secretary Hagel congratulated Howard on his record-breaking game and a great run in Brazil. He invited Howard and the entire team to come to the Pentagon later this year. He told Howard that with some training, he could someday become the real secretary of defence."

The 35-year-old has declined to comment on his own international future.

Asked on Good Morning Anerica about whether he had his eye on the World Cup in Russia in 2018, he responded: "That seems a lifetime away. Right now it's still very emotional from the game.

"I'm looking forward to spending some time with my kids, you know."

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