Everton and England defender Phil Jagielka is hopeful Roy Hodgson will give him the chance to be reunited with former club teammate Joleon Lescott at Euro 2012, after Gary Cahill’s injury threw open the selection for England’s centre-backs, the
Jagielka was originally only on the stand-by list but was called into the squad after Gareth Barry suffered a stomach injury. With Cahill now missing the tournament due to a double fractured jaw there is an opening alongside Chelsea captain John Terry, but with Terry also carrying a knock Jagielka has said he would like to resurrect what was a successful partnership at club level with Joleon Lescott, now of Manchester City.
The duo were paired together when England defeated Spain in a Wembley friendly a year ago, having spent two years as teammates at Everton. England kept Spain at bay for that match and Jagielka says it was down to the understanding forged at Goodison Park between himself and Lescott. He added: “It’s familiarity really. We’ve played together a lot, we know each other, we get on well off the pitch. When you play together it does feel comfortable. We had some good seasons at Everton.”
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