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Jagielka confident of England's chances

Jagielka remains positive of England's progression to Brazil. (©GettyImages)
Jagielka remains positive of England's progression to Brazil. (©GettyImages).

Everton and England centre-back Phil Jagielka claims to be "massively confindent" they will qualify for next year's World Cup in Brazil.

The Three Lions face a crucial qualifying double header against Montenegro and Poland, knowing that winning both would seal their berth in Brazil.

"Our aim was not to have to rely on favours coming into this week," Jagielka told Sky Sports. "We would have liked to have got it done and dusted by now.

"That is not the case, but we are still looking at it in a positive way. If we can get the two results we need, and that is in our hands, we will be booking our flights to Rio.

"There are quite a few people with experience of being in similar situations and we also have some young lads with fantastic ability.

"We are all massively confident we can go out there in a packed Wembley and put on a good performance. Hopefully it will be an exciting couple of nights."

Ashley Cole is ruled out of the clash with Montenegro with an injury he picked up in action for Chelsea and remains a doubt for the clash with Poland, but Jagielka believes that his team-mate Leighton Baines is a more than capable replacement for the full-back.

"A lot of people have said it's a close fight between the two to see who would start," added Jagielka.

"If that is the case and Baines gets the chance to start, I am sure he won't let us down. He is a fantastic defender and gives us an attacking threat down the left as well."

Despite his confidence, Jagielka is not taking the threat of Montenegro lightly, a team that have held England to three draws in qualifying matches and who are third in the Group H table, level on points with Ukraine and just one point behind England.

"They have got some players who play in the best leagues in the world," he said. "They have some very talented players, and as a nation they are progressing. They are still in with a chance to qualify themselves."

England are top of Group H going into the matches at Wembley and could seal their fates by the end of next week.

They play Montenegro on Friday and Poland the following Tuesday.

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