Jagielka dreaming of England call

The Toffees centre-half was a regular in Capello’s plans before

damaging cruciate knee ligaments against Manchester City in April

2009. It has been a long road back to full fitness for the former

Sheffield United man, but he has slipped seamlessly back into the

Goodison Park fold of late. He is now keen to make up for lost time

and get as many games under his belt as possible before the end of

the season. Jagielka hopes regular run-outs will allow him to catch

Capello’s eye once more and earn him a seat on the plane to South

Africa this summer. “When I had the operation I thought it would

mean being out for six to eight months so I thought I would have a

sniff of the World Cup, but in fact it was 10 months out,” he said.

“I would love to be on the plane to South Africa but realistically

my return has come a couple of months too late. “I can’t expect to

be in the squad but I will work with the physios and fitness

coaches at Everton and see how I get on. “I might get 10 games

until the end of the season and if that is good enough that will be

brilliant. If not I will put my England shirt on in the summer and

support the boys. “So I will have an England shirt on one way or

another – either supporting or playing. “But I have been out for a

long time so I would never wish anyone else an injury or get

excited when someone does get injured.”