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PHIL JAGIELKA plans to keep playing with a broken toe for Everton — but not for England.
The centre-back, outstanding against Spain, has withdrawn from the international squad for tomorrow's Sweden friendly.
But Jagielka, 29, is set to turn out for the Toffees against Wolves this Saturday.
He said: "I don't think I'll be here for England. That'll be me now.
"The club let me play, which was brilliant of them because, not having too many fit centre-halves at Everton, it was a small risk — but a risk I was prepared to take.
"I will keep playing until it's mended. It's normally four weeks without playing and double with playing — so I've got a few more weeks with injections."
Jagielka was delighted his England partnership with former team-mate Joleon Lescott was so effective.
He said: "We've known each other for so long and played together. It's a lot easier when there's that much trust and knowing each other's game well."
Jack Rodwell hailed his England debut as 'perfect' after helping them topple world champions Spain.
Everton midfielder Rodwell came off the bench for the final 33 minutes of Saturday's backs-to-the-wall 1-0 victory at Wembley following his promotion from the Under 21 squad.
The 20-year-old insisted there was no better time or place to have made his senior bow.
'It was a perfect night all round,' he said. 'It's a proud moment for me. As a kid, I always dreamed of making my senior debut. So it's a dream come true.'
Rodwell admitted his mind was racing after being told he was coming on by manager Fabio Capello.
'But I was focused from the start,' he added. 'I thought to myself, "You might get the chance to go on, so keep focused".
'When I was sat on the bench, I pictured where I'd be playing and I was ready to come on.'
It was a real baptism of fire for Rodwell, who went close to doubling England's lead with a lung-busting surge forward but spent most of the time chasing the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
Asked what he had taken from the game, Rodwell said: 'Loads. Confidence, the experience of being able to play against the likes of Iniesta and Xavi and all the big players like that.
'It's just a great experience for me and I just want to keep focused now and keep playing well and playing regularly for my club.'
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He added: 'Your first game in anything - the reserves, your first team and your club, the (England) Under-21s and now the seniors - everything is just a learning curve and it's good experience for me. Long may it continue.'
Rodwell's next taste of senior international football may be just around the corner, with England hosting Sweden at Wembley on Tuesday night.
'There's a big squad here and a lot of lads itching to play, so whatever happens happens," said Rodwell, who has a real fight on his hands just to stay in the squad ahead of next summer's European Championships once Wayne Rooney, Jack Wilshere and Steven Gerrard return from injury.
'When they come back, hopefully we can do even better. I can't look too far ahead.
'I'm really pleased and I've just got to concentrate on my club form now.'
Before that, Rodwell will savour his debut and endeavour to reply to the countless text messages he received after last night's game.
He said: 'There have been a lot of congratulatory messages so I'm really proud at the moment."
STUART PEARCE was left bursting with pride as eight of his former Under-21 players helped a youthful England beat world and European champions Spain.
Pearce has helped nurture a conveyor belt of players into Fabio Capello’s full squad since becoming the U21s boss four year ago.
Everton’s Jack Rodwell was the latest Pearce protege to make the jump into the full England side on Saturday. And Pearce believes his progression can inspire others on the cusp.
“I like to think that someone like Ross Barkley will follow Jack Rodwell into the senior squad,” said Pearce.
“Ross can now have a look at Jack and say, ‘He has come through the system and has made the seniors’. He is a great role model and not just for the players at Everton, like Ross.”
Of those on the pitch against Spain, Rodwell, Joe Hart, Kyle Walker, Theo Walcott, James Milner, Danny Welbeck, Adam Johnson and Phil Jones have all developed during Pearce’s tenure. And Daniel Sturridge is set to join them against Sweden tomorrow .
Pearce, above, said: “Every time we get a player going through the U21s and into the full squad, it’s fantastic for them and for us.”
The U21s take on Belgium in Mons tonight seeking a fifth straight European Championship qualifying win.
Their four victories over Iceland, twice, Norway and Azerbaijan represents their best start to a European campaign since winning the tournament in 1984.
PHIL JAGIELKA will return to Everton from international duty early – and he thanked the club for allowing him to face Spain despite carrying an injury.
The Blues struck a deal with national manager Fabio Capello which meant the centre-half – who is nursing a broken toe – could play against the World and European champions at Wembley on Saturday night but means he will not be included in tomorrow night’s friendly with Sweden.
Jagielka came through the 1-0 win without further complaint and produced a fine performance alongside former Blues team-mate Joleon Lescott at the heart of England’s back four.
The 29-year-old’s assured display helped go some way to exorcising the ghost of his last meeting with Spain when his full international debut ended in him being withdrawn at half-time after an error led to David Villa opening the scoring in Seville.
With under-fire captain John Terry on the bench and Rio Ferdinand not in the squad, Jagielka was given another opportunity to impress Capello but the former Sheffield United man admits he has no idea where he stands in the centre-half pecking order.
Jagielka insists all he can do is continue to take the chances presented to him and show form and consistency with Everton, starting with the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers to Goodison Park on Saturday.
“It’s still broke,” said Jagielka of his toe.
“But I’m fit, it’s only a little broken toe and nothing an injection won’t take care of. I’ll obviously be a little bit sore today 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.
“That’ll be me now,” he said of being with England this week.
“That was the agreement with the club 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.”
Of his England chances he added: “You couldn’t name the third, fourth or fifth choice centre back in any order. But this was what Saturday was all about for me and Joleon, we just wanted to put thoughts in the manager’s head to try and get in the squad for the summer and if we get another chance hopefully we can keep performing well.
“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.
“It’s all concentration (against Spain) and if you switch off for a minute they have got the players who are threading balls through the eye of a needle so you have got to cover the holes and trust everyone else has got their men.”
Jagielka won his 10th cap at the weekend and the defender was delighted to see club-mate Jack Rodwell handed a senior international debut.
Jagielka did not expect team-mate the 20-year-old to feature against Spain but was nevertheless happy to see him introduced as a second half substitute and was impressed with his performance.
“I was surprised to be honest because I thought he may have just got on for the Sweden game,” said Jagielka.
“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."
JACK RODWELL is refusing to get carried away with talk of his England future – despite manager Fabio Capello earmarking him for a place in next summer’s European Championships squad.
The 20-year-old was bursting with pride after making his senior international debut as a second half substitute in Saturday night’s 1-0 win over Spain and Rodwell’s confident display won him many admirers.
None more so than Capello who was quick to heap praise on the Everton youngster and the Italian believes Rodwell – along with players such as Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones – could form an important part of England’s squad in Poland and Ukraine next year.
Rodwell was buoyed by the words of encouragement from the national boss but was reluctant to talk up his chances too much, insisting much can happen between now and Euro 2012 and knuckling down with the Blues must remain his focus.
The Birkdale-born midfielder, who is likely to feature against Sweden tomorrow night, says he felt the buzz of excitement more than nerves as he prepared to replace Manchester United’s Jones after 56 minutes at Wembley.
“It’s great for him to say something like that but it’s a long, long way away and there is a long season between then and now,” said Rodwell of Capello’s comments.
“I’ve just got to keep focused and keep working hard.
“I’m really proud and on the whole it was a good night for me. I made my senior debut and beating the world champions at Wembley made it a perfect night all round.
“I’ve dreamt of his ever since I was a boy, ever since I first kicked a ball. It’s the biggest game of anyone’s career, their first game for England, and hopefully long may it continue. I’m just really proud at the moment.
“I wouldn’t say there were any nerves. You just want to get out there and it’s more an adrenaline rush and as soon as you get your first touch you settle down.
“I was ready from the start and when the manager said to come on I was mentally ready.
“It was just a great opportunity for me to get on the pitch and a great experience.”
Rodwell played with assurance and, as Capello highlighted, without signs of fear despite being charged with shackling the world’s leading midfield.
The Everton man says he has huge admiration for the ease with which Spain move the ball but Rodwell proved he was in no danger of stalling in front of players such as Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
Rodwell has tasted victory over Spain at Wembley before when he scored the winning goal for England under-16s in April 2007 but insists earning a first senior cap is a greater feeling.
“The players on show were top draw,” he said.
“The likes of Xavi, Iniesta are probably the best midfielders in the world and they move the ball so fast. And when you’re defending against that it’s really hard because all the players interchange with the likes of Mata, so the class was evident out there.
“But if you are good enough you should play, no matter what age you are.
“There are a lot of promising youngsters and hopefully we can keep pushing.”
He added: “I did beat Spain at under-16 level.
“I came on at this stadium and scored the winner so that was a good day but this tops it even more, playing for the seniors.”
Rodwell was not necessarily a first choice pick for Everton manager David Moyes last season but has emerged as a pivotal to their plans so far in this campaign and revealed he received the backing of chairman Bill Kenwright in the summer.
“The chairman said be confident, play your game and hopefully you’ll get a regular role,” he said.
“Keep playing your natural game and good things will happen.
“I had a chat with a lot of people, this season was always going to be a big season for me.
“I’ve had the backing of all the people at Everton so would like to thank them.”
PHIL JAGIELKA returns to Finch Farm today hoping his successful reunion with former Everton team-mate Joleon Lescott can help cement a place at next summer’s European Championships.
Jagielka was paired with Lescott at the heart of England’s defence on Saturday as Fabio Capello’s side earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over World Cup winners Spain at Wembley.
The 29-year-old had a painkilling injection before the match as he continues to nurse a hairline fracture of a toe, but will miss tomorrow’s friendly against Sweden as part of an agreement between England and Everton.
And the defender, who suffered the injury at Fulham last month, admits that he may have to keep taking the jabs for up to six more weeks until the injury is properly healed.
“I’m fit, it’s only a broken little toe on my right foot and nothing an injection won’t take care of,” he said. “I’ll obviously be a little bit sore afterwards but there is nothing much I can do.
“I’ve got a few more weeks with injections until it is mended. It’s normally four weeks without playing and double with playing so I’ve got a few more weeks with injections yet. I get paid to play football so if I need an injection to do so then it’s simple.
“I won’t play against Sweden. That was the agreement between the club which was good of them, especially with us not having too many centre halves at Everton it was a small risk but one we weren’t prepared to take.”
England became only the third team in Spain’s last 36 matches to prevent the World and European Champions from scoring.
And with question marks over the long-term futures of regular England centre-backs John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, Jagielka posted a timely calling card ahead of the Euro 2012 finals.
“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,” he said.
“I’d rather be playing at the back than in the midfield running around after them all day. It’s all concentration and if you switch off for a minute they have got the players who are threading balls through the eye of a needle so you have got to cover the holes and trust everyone else has got their men.”
Jagielka and Lescott played together for two years at Everton, but it was only the second time they had started at centre-back for England.
And the Everton man added: “We’ve known each other for so long, played with each other for a few years and are good friends so it makes life a lot easier when there is that much trust and knowing each other’s game that well. It comes off.
“You couldn’t name the third, fourth or fifth choice centre-back in any order. But this was what the game was all about for me and Joleon, we just wanted to put thoughts in the manager’s head to try and get in the squad for the summer and if we get another chance hopefully we can keep performing well.
“I can just do what I do and go back to Everton and, hopefully, start keeping some clean sheets there.
“We’ve got a decent amount of strength in depth with England, we’ve got some good characters in the squad and I wouldn’t get too carried away saying we’re going to win the Euros – it was only a friendly against Spain. But it's a positive result and let's see where we go from here.
“We knew the team would be different to maybe what people perceive as our first-choice 11 and it was just about the lads getting a chance and trying to do well.”
Saturday’s match was in sharp contrast to Jagielka’s previous encounter against Spain when, on his first start for England in Madrid in February 2009, he was hauled off at half-time and played only two further minutes for his country in the next 18 months.
“It was a mixture of emotions, I thought I was playing quite well but then cost us a goal,” recalled the defender. “I didn't get to play the second half which was a little heart wrenching and I didn't get to play much international football after that for a while but that's gone now.”
Jagielka also praised Everton team-mate Jack Rodwell, who made his debut for the senior England team as a second-half substitute.
“I was surprised to be honest because I thought he may have just got on for the Sweden game,” he said. “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 it's just about getting him game time and him maturing as a footballer. I'm sure he'll have an international future.”
JACK RODWELL has revealed how a summer pep talk with Everton chairman Bill Kenwright proved the springboard for his England breakthrough – as he beamed with pride after the “biggest game” of his career.
Rodwell made his debut appearance for Fabio Capello’s senior side when emerging as a 57th-minute substitute in Saturday’s 1-0 friendly win over World Cup holders Spain at Wembley.
The 20-year-old was later included by the England coach in a handful of youngsters who will have an important part to play in the European Championships next summer.
Rodwell’s call-up was reward for series of impressive performances having claimed a regular role in Everton’s central midfield following the deadline day departure of Mikel Arteta to Arsenal.
And the Birkdale-born player has told how a few words from Kenwright provided encouragement to step up his game this season.
“I had a chat with a lot of people, and this season was always going to be a big season for me,” said Rodwell. “I've had the backing of all the people at Everton so would like to thank them.
“The chairman told me ‘be confident, play your game and hopefully you'll get a regular role’.
“He said to keep playing my natural game and good things will happen.”
After Saturday’s match, Capello intimated Rodwell could have a part to play in the Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine next June.
“For me, the most important thing you saw is the performance of Rodwell when he played, the performance of (Phil) Jones, the performance of (Danny) Welbeck,” said the Italian. “These are really good young players.
“These players will be very important for the next Euros because you saw they played without fear and with personality on the pitch. Physically and technically I can see they are good to play with the seniors.”
Rodwell, who is expected to be given a first start in tomorrow’s Wembley friendly against Sweden, said: “It’s great for him to say something like that but it’s a long, long way away and there is a long season between then and now. I’ve just got to keep focused and keep working hard.”
Like Manchester United pair Jones and Welbeck, Rodwell has progressed from the under-21 squad.
"It’s good to see the likes of Phil Jones, Wellbeck and Wilshere do that,” he said. “There are a lot of promising youngsters and hopefully we can keep pushing.
“If you are good enough you should play, no matter what age you are.”
Rodwell previously represented England at U16, U17 and U19 level before becoming a regular for Stuart Pearce’s U21 side.
And he added: “Ever since I was a boy, ever since I first kicked a ball, I’ve dreamt about playing for England. It’s the biggest game of anyone’s career, their first game for England, and hopefully long may it continue.
“I’m really proud and on the whole it was a good night for me. I made my senior debut and beating the world champions at Wembley made it a perfect night all round.
“I wouldn’t say there were any nerves, more anxiety. You just want to get out there and it’s more an adrenaline rush and soon as you get your first touch you settle down. What’s my best position? I honestly couldn’t tell you, I came on as one of the three midfielders. I can play that role, I can play the holding midfield role and can also play centre half. But wherever the manager asks me to play I’m very happy.”
It wasn’t the first time Rodwell had beaten Spain at Wembley, the midfielder having scored the only goal for the England U16 team in April 2007.
“I came on at this stadium and scored the winner so that was a good day but this tops it even more, playing for the seniors,” he said.
“The players on show for Spain were top drawer. The likes of Xavi, Iniesta probably the best midfielders in the world and they move the ball so fast.
“And when you’re defending against that it’s really hard because all the players interchange, the likes of Mata so the class was evident out there.”