Tuesday 29 May 2012
Phil Jagielka's form in the Barclays Premier League has justified the defender’s call-up to the England squad for UEFA Euro 2012, says Everton manager David Moyes.
The 29-year-old was drafted into Roy Hodgson's squad for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine after Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry was ruled out injured.
Jagielka was originally placed on England's stand-by list and Moyes believes his call-up to the main squad is totally deserved.
"It's great for him that he can now look forward to the Euros"
- David Moyes
"I am really pleased for Jags," said Moyes. "I said earlier I was disappointed he was only on the stand-by list because I thought he would bring something different.
"I think the way he performed in the second half of last season merited a call-up to the original squad, so I'm delighted he's in there at last."
Jagielka has been a consistent performer for Everton since he joined the club from Sheffield United in 2007.
He made 30 League appearances this season, helping Everton secure an impressive seventh-place finish in the final table.
Jagielka made his England debut in 2008 and won the last of his 11 caps when partnering former Everton team-mate Joleon Lescott in the centre of defence in Saturday's 1-0 friendly victory over Norway.
"When I look at some of England's best displays, they have all come when Jags has been involved," added Moyes.
"He most certainly deserves to be in and around international company and it's great for him that he can now look forward to the Euros.
"When I had him and Joleon at Everton I felt I had the next England centre-back partnership on my hands - and I still see them as such."
England play Belgium in their final warm-up match on Saturday while their first contest of Euro 2012 is against France in Donetsk on 11th June.