Moyes: Jags needs more belief

Everton boss David Moyes believes Phil Jagielka can establish

himself as an England regular if he believes in his own ability a

little more.

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.”