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Phil Jagielka is relishing trying to emulate the captaincy standards set by Phil Neville – both on and off the field.

The England international has captained the side during the last two matches against Reading and Norwich City in the absence of Club skipper Neville following knee surgery.

Jagielka is expected to continue wearing the armband until Neville returns to match action in approximately six to eight weeks.

“It’s always a really proud moment and something that I enjoy doing,” said Jagielka.

“I was vice-captain at Sheffield United for a couple of years and didn’t really know what the role meant, obviously being a bit younger then.

“Watching Nev, with the way he is the captain, you realise that when he is not there that you have to step up to the plate and do a little bit more talking.

“If anyone needs anything around the Club or they need something going to the manager and they don’t know how to go about it, it’s a role that I’m going to have to adapt to.”

Jagielka led the team out of the Goodison Park tunnel when the Blues faced Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.

And the 30-year-old revealed that there were a few butterflies in his stomach in the immediate moments before kick-off.

“When you hear the beginning of Z-Cars, the hairs on the back of your neck begin to stand up and you get goose pimples,” added the defender.

“It’s strange because I’m normally nowhere near the front. I’m normally at the back.

“Sometimes you find yourself in a routine where you line up behind certain people. Ossie is normally behind me so he is unsure of where to stand now, but that’s just footballers and silly superstitions.”

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