Everton defender Sylvain Distin believes that his side are still in the hunt for Champions League qualification.

The Toffees have enjoyed an excellent opening half of the season, and have been viewed as contenders along with Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United for a top four finish for some time.

However, some have questioned their potential in recent weeks after a 4-0 hammering in the Merseyside derby and a 1-0 loss at White Hart Lane saw them drop valuable points to their main competitors.

Despite this, Distin feels that his side are still in the scrap to break into Europe’s top club competition even though they are now five points adrift of Liverpool:

“Have you seen how many teams since the start of the season have been written off and then come back?” He is quoted by the Daily Star.

“Every time you lose people write you off. Every time you win you’re back in the race. It doesn’t interest us. If it did we should stop playing football right now, shouldn’t we?

“One game doesn’t define your season, otherwise you would pick every time you win or every time you lose and say that’s the one that did it.

“Have you seen the results in this league? Did you see Arsenal the other day? The reality is this is an amazing league and anything can happen any single week.”

Everton have long been thought of as outsiders for the position, but are in the hunt with 13 games of the Premier League season left to play.