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by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Phil Jagielka hopes Everton's recent good record at White Hart Lane will help them secure a solid start to the 2011/12 season.

The fixtures for the upcoming campaign were revealed on Friday morning with the Blues handed a trip to North London on the opening day.

The first home game is seven days later when Jagielka's former boss Neil Warnock brings his newly-promoted QPR outfit to Goodison Park.

Since England international Jagielka arrived at Everton, the Toffees have lost just one of eight league encounters with Spurs.

And the defender told "It is similar to last season with the first game being away from home but hopefully we will put in a better performance.

"We have a decent record at White Hart Lane but it will be a tough one first up. Hopefully we can get a better start than we did last season."

The former Sheffield United man admitted that a reunion with the bombastic Warnock is something he's relishing.

And he knows sinking a buoyant QPR will be a tough ask as they bask in their newly-regained elite status.

"That is one of the fixtures I was looking out for, with him being my old manager," revealed Jagielka.

"I'm sure there will be a few laughs and jokes before kick-off and hopefully a few more afterwards!

"I am sure Neil Warnock will have put a good team and a good squad together over the close season and they will be a hard team to beat.

"If you look at the last few seasons one or two of the promoted teams have tended to do well at the start of the season."

Before all that the defensive lynchpin is enjoying some well-earned rest after an extended season that ended with England duty. Everton is never far from his mind though.

He continued: "We haven't had much of a summer so far, myself and Bainesy, with the England duty, we only broke up 10 or 11 days ago but it's been a nice relaxing time. I'm in Portugal with the family soaking up the sun. Looking after my two kids is like a mini pre-season!

"We work hard during the season so you need to relax during the summer. When the season finishes you are desperate to find out who you are playing next season but it seems miles away. Then the fixtures come out, then pre-season starts and before you know it you have played two games."

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