Jagielka is fit to face Spain

Phil Jagielka has assured Fabio Capello he is fit to face Spain

at Wembley on Saturday.


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Jagielka during an England training session on Friday. (Photo by

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At the start of the week it was anticipated Jagielka’s stay with

the England squad would be brief due to a toe problem the Everton

man has been having injections in just so he can play.

Jagielka missed training on Thursday, further strengthening a

belief he would not be involved against the world champions.

However, the 29-year-old completed Friday morning’s session at

Wembley without a problem and has assured Capello he will be fine

if he is called upon.

“He played normally today,” said the Italian.

“I spoke with him. I asked him if he is ready to play. He told

me yes.”

Jagielka’s availability may not go down well with Everton boss

David Moyes but it does balance out the disappointment of Gabriel

Agbonlahor’s departure.

The Aston Villa forward was hoping to win his fourth cap after

hitting top form following the arrival of Alex McLeish as manager

in the summer.

But Agbonlahor suffered a minor hamstring problem in training on

Thursday that was enough to convince Capello he would not be able

to play against Spain or Sweden next Tuesday, leaving him with no

option to head back to the Midlands.

“I decided that Agbonlahor will go home,” said Capello.

“It is a little thing but out of respect to the club it is no

good to put him forward for the next game because he won’t be 100%


“I was really happy when I selected him too because at this

moment he is in fantastic form.”

Capello has also defended his decision not to choose Manchester

City defender Micah Richards.

The full-back has won only one cap under Capello, as a

substitute against France 12 months ago, but has been in sparkling

form in the Blues’ surge to the top of the Barclays Premier


In Vincent Kompany’s absence, he skippered City to victory at

QPR last weekend, yet once again he has been overlooked in favour

of Kyle Walker and Glen Johnson, who returns after injury.

“He was with me against Montenegro,” Capello pointed out.

“Now Glen Johnson is playing well and I have followed Kyle

Walker for the last three games. He is in good form.

“I can only select two right-backs. He (Richards) was in the

provisional squad but I decided on these two.”