Jagielka just happy to be back

BY foxsports • February 27, 2010

Jagielka was obviously disappointed that Everton tumbled out of Europe in midweek, but he was still pleased to be back on the pitch. And the defender could now come into contention to face Tottenham on Sunday after his second-half appearance in the defeat to Sporting Lisbon when Phillipe Senderos was forced off. Jagielka said: "The boys tried to make me feel part of the team and as much as we were beaten 3-0, I will look back on this game as the end of a long journey. "I went through 30-40 minutes pretty much pain free. The result hurt, but in that sense I am happy. "It is exciting being back, I had a lot of good-luck texts but they don't seem to have worked. "One thing I can say for the lads is that we are sick at the sight of Lisbon. We just want to concentrate on Tottenham now." Everton, who also lost to Sporting's neighbours Benfica in the campaign, still have an outside chance of appearing in the Europa League next season. And that is the target for Jagielka, who could yet work his way into Fabio Capello's England squad. Following victories against Manchester United and Chelsea, he said: "Trying to get back into Europe is the only thing we can hold onto. We are out of all the cups now. "All we can do is hope the big boys win the Carling Cup and the FA Cup and extend the places for the Europa League next year. We enjoy the occasions and I am sure the fans do. "We've had a fantastic series of results in the Premier League and while we won't be aiming for a draw against Tottenham, it would give us a great tally of points in some difficult games." Defensive duo Sylvain Distin and John Heitinga will be available at White Hart Lane after sitting out the defeat in Lisbon. Manager David Moyes expects a response from his players against a Spurs side chasing a Champions League spot. He said: "It has been a bit of a roller coaster. We have been playing well yet, when we have been asked to step up at times, we have not done it. Other times we have. "We are a little bit inconsistent in that way. However, we cannot complain about the consistency the players have shown in the league the last few months. "They have done really well. But in the cups we have not played that well to deserve much more that what we have had."


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