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
Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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
Jagielka’s availability may not go down well with Everton boss
David Moyes but it does balance out the disappointment of Gabriel
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.”