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U.S. midfielder Donovan, right, is turning heads in England with Everton. ((Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/Associated Press))

The English press is in love with Landon Donovan.

The American midfielder scored his first Premier League goal in Everton's 2-0 win over Sunderland Wednesday, leading to a surge of overwhelming kudos in the sports sections of England's major daily newspapers.

A star with the Los Angeles Galaxy, Donovan is currently on loan at Everton in order to keep in game shape for this year's World Cup in South Africa.

Donovan, 27, and the U.S. national team will face England in their opening game at the World Cup in June, which means the American is treading on enemy territory until his 10-week loan spell with Everton ends in March.

But that didn't stop the English press from lavishing him with praise after he took Tim Cahill's pass and controlled it with his chest before firing a stinging left-footed shot past Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

The London Times wrote Thursday that Everton's "latest success may have been aided by Sunderland's generosity but that should not detract from their growing sense of confidence in a season that had threatened to go off the rails.

"The addition of Donovan, an intelligent, thoughtful footballer whose lively movement off the ball was epitomized by Everton's second goal, has clearly helped in this respect."

The Guardian noted "chants of 'USA, USA' marked the American's first goal for Everton, showing there is still a football ground on Merseyside where that is acceptable."

From the Daily Mirror: "They have not yet reached the promised land of a European place, but at least Everton saw the Landon they were promised. Landon Donovan scored his first goal for the Goodison club to set them on the way to a comfortable win over sorry Sunderland, to leave his manager David Moyes purring over a polished display from the American."

Indeed, Moyes has been overwhelmed by Donovan's outstanding performances in three games thus far for Everton.

"How quickly he has settled in has surprised me," admitted Moyes. "But he is English speaking and American players have a tremendous work ethic and he has a good goal-scoring record at a high level."

Donovan's goal came just four days after he played in a 2-1 loss at home to Birmingham in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Thus far, he's looked very impressive for Everton, much more impressive than in his loan stint last year with German club Bayern Munich.

"It is a great feeling to get my first goal here especially because the team has won," Donovan told Everton's website.

"They have made feel at home here. It was a lot different last year when I went to Germany. It took me a while there to get going but I feel better here."