John Gijsbert Alan "Johnny" Heitinga is a Dutch footballer who plays as a defender for Everton and the Dutch national team. His football profile is that of a centre back or defensive midfielder. Heitinga was part of the Ajax youth team before making his debut for the first team on 26 August 2001 against Feyenoord. Heitinga quickly established himself as a strong addition to the team and became first-choice player. He moved to Atlético Madrid at the end of the 2007-08 season for a fee of £8.8 million. His first season in Spain ended with Heitinga making 32 appearances (27 in the league), and scoring 3 goals for Atletico. In September 2009, aged 25, Heitinga joined English club Everton on a five-year contract for a fee of around €7.04million. Heitinga made his debut for Everton on 13 September against Fulham after coming on for an injured Phil Neville. Heitinga was voted Everton's Player of the Season for 2011–12 by the club's supporters. Heitinga made his senior debut for the Netherlands on 18 February 2004 in a friendly game against the United States. Heitinga was included in the squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.