Phil Jagielka has criticised the feeling that England should bring Chelsea captain John Terry back into the set-up, ESPN
The Everton man is one of Roy Hodgson’s first-choice centre-backs but it has been argued that the Three Lions should restore the former skipper back to the side so he can take his club partnership with Gary Cahill into the national team.
Jagielka has said that he isn’t surprised by the talk but wants to show he deserves to be one of England’s starting XI. “I can’t say I particularly like to hear it, but I understand why I do. Obviously Gaz [Gary Cahill] and JT play together at Chelsea, they play in the Champions League and were contenders to win the Premier League,” Jagielka said.
“As a defender, partnerships are important – if you have two players who work well together they may be a better bet than two superior players – so I can understand why people talk about Terry.
“I was asked the other day that while our attack looks good, would our defence be okay? I felt like laughing,” he added. “Our defensive record in the qualifiers was pretty decent, but I can’t stop what people are going to ask. I stop, smile and get on with it.”
Jagielka argued that while Terry and Cahill have a bond from playing together for the Blues, he and Cahill are close from their international experiences. “We do not have a tremendous amount of caps but they have most been with each other,” Jagielka pointed out.
“It is a work in progress. I am more than happy playing alongside Gaz and obviously I know people like Joe Hart, [Leighton Baines] and Glen Johnson,” he continued. “I still find it difficult assuming I’m going to play for England, but I’ve played quite a lot in qualifying and have built up a good relationship with Gaz.
“We haven’t played together for a little while and hopefully these three games will give us the chance to get that relationship going again.”
Jagielka has 24 caps for his country to his name, having made his debut in June 2008 against Trinidad and Tobago. He made his first start in the 2010 win over Bulgaria and netted his first and so far only goal two years later, against Italy in a friendly played in Switzerland.
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