Everton boss David Moyes believes Phil Jagielka can establish
himself as an England regular if he believes in his own ability a
Jagielka impressed in Sunday’s Merseyside derby draw with
Liverpool and produced an outstanding showing in front of England
coach Ray Lewington.
England boss Roy Hodgson has been struggling to find a
first-choice pairing at centre-back since John Terry retired and
Rio Ferdinand dropped out of favour, but Moyes believes Jagielka
can be the answer to Hodgson’s problems.
“When you look at the situation with England at the moment, it’s
there for Jags to go and say ‘pick me’,” said Moyes.
“He was top drawer at Anfield and has been like that for a long
“He sometimes doesn’t believe in himself enough or have the
confidence he should have when you see how he plays.
“But, as a manager, he gives you everything.
“He’s been absolutely superb for us – he can be a real leader
and always gives everything in every game he plays in.”
Jagielka captained Everton against Liverpool in place of the
injured Phil Neville and will take up the role on a permanent basis
next season when Neville leaves Goodison Park.
Moyes believes the former Sheffield United man can develop into
a leader for Everton, adding: “He’ll get better with responsibility
over time, and we hope he’ll be a great captain.”