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Jagielka fit for Wolves test

Jagielka ready to help ease Everton's relegation woes (©GettyImages)
Jagielka ready to help ease Everton's relegation woes (©GettyImages).

Everton centre-back Phil Jagielka will be fit to start against Wolves on Saturday despite pulling out of England’s friendly with Sweden through injury.

Jakielka impressed alongside former Toffees team-mate Joleon Lescott as England claimed a surprise 1-0 win against World champions Spain on Saturday, but having gone into the game nursing a broken toe, the 29-year-old has returned to Goodison Park as part of an agrement with both club and country to pull out of the squad after the Spain game.

"It's still broke. But I'm fit, it's only a little broken toe and nothing an injection won't take care of. I'll obviously be a little bit sore today but there is nothing much I can do,” Jagielka told the Liverpool Echo.

"I've got a few more weeks with injections. I get paid to play football so if I need an injection to do so then it's simple. That'll be me now.

"That was the agreement with the club which was good of them, especially with us not having too many centre halves at Everton it was a small risk, but one they were prepared to take.”

With the former Sheffield United defender making an impact for England and helping the Three Lions repel wave after wave of Spanish attacks in the absence of regular central pairing John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, Jagielka believes a place in the England squad is still up for grabs with the European Championships less than a year away.

"You couldn't name the third, fourth or fifth choice centre back in any order," he commented. "But this was what Saturday was all about for me and Joleon, we just wanted to put thoughts in the manager's head to try and get in the squad for the summer and if we get another chance hopefully we can keep performing well."

"As a defender it's always nice to have a clean sheet, especially when you play against a team with as much class as Spain, so everyone's really happy. Hopefully we'll start keeping some clean sheets at Everton.

"It's all concentration and if you switch off for a minute they have got the players who are threading balls through the eye of a needle so you have got to cover the holes and trust everyone else has got their men."

Everton sit just one point above the relegation zone, with the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Newcastle before the international break their fifth defeat in their last six Barclays Premier League encounters.

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