Football fans hail historic Tim Howard display against Belgium

Tim Howard made more saves than any World Cup goalkeeper since 1966. Credit: Reuters

Tim Howard's spectacular goalkeeping performance in the USA's World Cup defeat to Belgium last night - in which he made 16 saves - has made him the most talked about man in the tournament today.

Initial praise for the Everton shot-stopper, such as that proffered by Belgium captain Vincent Kompany and US Vice President Joe Biden, was pretty straightforward.

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Proud that our guys, just like our country, never gave up. Tim Howard--most valuable player in the World Cup. #USMNT

But soon afterwards, Howard was named US Secretary of Defence (on Wikipedia):

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Someone changed the US Secretary of Defence on Wikipedia to Tim Howard. Fantastic. http://t.co/haPrHWPLjx

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Then the plaudits got even sillier:

And sillier:

Inevitably, it culminated in #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave: