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Jagielka Fit And Raring To Go

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Phil Jagielka has confirmed he's fit and ready to go ahead of the Premier League season.

The England man missed Everton's game at Norwich - sparking rumours of serious injury - but was back for the 2-0 win over Everton Chile on Wednesday.

And with just Saturday's friendly in Wolfsburg left before the league kicks off with a visit to Blackburn, Jagielka confirmed he is in good shape ahead of the Premier League season.

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"There are always going to be rumours," he told evertontv. "I didn't play at Norwich and I just needed a couple of days off my feet.

"I feel good again and hopefully I'll get a bit of game time over in Germany and then prepare for the season.

"Pretty much every pre-season game I played was 90 minutes so I just needed to back off for a couple of days."

AJ watches as Steve McClaren gives some instructions

Before the curtain raising clash with Blackburn, Everton face Wolfsburg in Germany on Saturday, their final preparation game before the season gets underway at Ewood Park.

And Jagielka is expecting a step-up in class against Steve McClaren's men.


"I think the games so far have been good games but we have gone into them as favourites," he explained.

"Wolfsburg will be very interesting. They have been playing Champions League football recently and obviously they will be at home.

"But we are confident with the squad we have got we can go over there and get a result."

McClaren took over at Wolfsburg earlier this summer after guiding Dutch side Twente to a shock championship win.

"He is a fantastic manager and a great coach," said Jagielka. "There is one reason he got the England job and that's because of the fantastic job he did beforehand. He knew he had to get out the limelight here (after losing his job as England boss) because of the way our press is.

"So he went to Holland and did an amazing job, and now he has got a great job at Wolfsburg.

"That tells you how big a club Wolfsburg is if Steve McClaren is prepared to leave a championship winning team in Holland to progress his career."

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