Jags targets Toffees clean sheets

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Phil Jagielka has returned to Everton after playing 90 minutes for England in the 1-0 win over World and European champions Spain.

The Toffees' centre back was in fantastic form for the Three Lions, playing with a broken toe alongside former domestic teammate Joleon Lescott as the pair kept Vicente del Bosque's side at bay.

It was a performance and result to provide the player with a much-needed confidence boost ahead of the battle for Barclays Premier League survival, and Jagielka is happy to play through the pain for both club and country.

“It’s still broke. But I’m fit, it’s only a little broken toe and nothing an injection won’t take care of," the defender told the official Everton website.

"I’ll obviously be a little bit sore but there is nothing much I can do. 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.

“The agreement was with the club (to play one game) 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.”

After keeping a clean sheet at international level, the task for Jagielka is to now take that form into the Barclays Premier League for next weekend's game against Wolves.

Confidence shouldn't be an issue though, with colleague Jack Rodwell making an impressive debut for the Three Lions as a second-half substitute at Wembley. It was an introduction which took Jagielka by surprise.

“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," he added.

“I was surprised to be honest because I thought he may have just got on for the Sweden game. But I was pleased to see him get stripped off and come on.

"He took it pretty much in his stride and hopefully there will be more to come. He looked comfortable, he always does, and he’s going to be a great player.”

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