Everton benefit from international call-up

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Everton assistant manager Steve Round believes the international experience gained by defensive duo Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka can benefit the club in the long-run.

Many Barclays Premier League managers see international breaks as a nuisance in the midst of the regular season.

However, according to David Moyes' assistant, the international fixtures can assist the development of their prized assets.

“You don’t necessarily see an instant improvement but over a period of time you do see a steady improvement," he said.

"And that is coupled with their maturity as a player with Everton because 95 per cent of their work and development is done here.

“They then go to England and it’s just that extra few percent it gives you. Over the last few years, steadily with the work here and then the little bits of international experience, we have seen Leighton and Phil develop into exceptional players.


“It’s a very, very intense arena, not only in the game but in training, the concentration you have to show in training as well as the technique and talent is phenomenal every day - they will always come back that little bit more confident and better as a player.”

In addition, while both Baines and Jagileka are far from first choice for England, Round accepts that while away with their country, they're exposed to alternative modes of training, which can help expand their knowledge of the game.

“Fabio Capello is an outstanding coach at the highest level and will impart little bits of knowledge on to Phil and Leighton,” Round added.

“It’s a great experience for them and we’d love them to play for their country more but they are up against some very good players in the team.

“Jags is in contention and both him and Leighton are looking to play international football.

“Unfortunately for them, they have some exceptional players in front of them in John Terry and Ashley Cole. But to say you’re not far off them is testament to the two lads. Leighton has been exceptional now for two and a bit years."

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