Aston Villa's American goalkeeper was presented with a Merit Award by the Premier League's sponsor after surpassing David James' milestone to reach 167 consecutive Barclays Premier League appearances in last Saturday's match against Fulham.

The run started on the opening day of the 2004/05 season when his Blackburn Rovers side entertained West Bromwich Albion at Ewood Park.

record appearances

Friedel did not miss a Barclays Premier League encounter between the beginning of the 2004/05 season to the end of the 2007/08 season for Blackburn Rovers, before transferring to Aston Villa in July 2008 where the 37-year-old has added to his tally by making a further 13 straight appearances.

Brad Friedel will look to add to his record appearance haul when Aston Villa travel to Everton on Sunday in their Barclays Premier League encounter.

Record for consecutive Barclays Premier League appearances:

Brad Friedel - 167* ( 14 August 2004 - 30 November 2008)

David James - 166 (17 January 2004 - 20 April 2008)

Frank Lampard - 164 (13 October 2001 - 28 December 2005)

*Run still in progress