Jagielka targets FA Cup glory

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Everton defender Phil Jagielka is determined to cap a "phenomenal" period of his career with an FA Cup winner's medal.

During his short time with the Toffees, Jagielka has gained two full England caps and it was his decisive spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out against Manchester United on Sunday which sent Everton back to Wembley for the FA Cup final.

"The last 18 months have been phenomenal for me, with getting in the team more regularly and winning my first England cap," Jagielka said. "It will make it even more special if we can win a bit of silverware."

The Manchester-born 26-year-old has settled well into life at Goodison Park since his 2007 move from Sheffield United, becoming one of the most consistent performers in David Moyes' side.

He added: "I have been playing quite well and getting in the Everton side most weeks, so it has been a dream move on my behalf.

"We want to finish well in the league, and fifth place is still up for grabs.

"It is about time the squad we have here comes of age and starts to win trophies. Playing in the final is the right way to go about it.

"A lot of people think we are in the shadows of Liverpool all the time. If you look at what they have done, they have been more successful.

"But when [Liverpool manager Rafael] Benitez said we are a small club, it is a bit embarrassing. We have proved we are not by getting to the final.

"If we can win the FA Cup, it will put us on the map again and then hopefully we can go from strength to strength."

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