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Jags: Job Only Half Done

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

Despite a 4-1 win over Montenegro on Friday evening, Phil Jagielka acknowledges England's World Cup qualification remains very much in the balance.

Tuesday's final game against Poland at Wembley will seal the fate of Group H, with the Three Lions holding progress to Brazil in their own hands.

A win will guarantee English presence at next summer's tournament and Jagielka, who played the full 90 minutes on Friday, insists Roy Hodgson's men are up to finishing the job.

He said: "I thought we played well [against Montenegro] and now the boys will rest up and prepare for another big game on Tuesday.

"It's going to be an exciting night for both the players and the fans.

"We'll take all the positives out of the win and move forward. We knew we needed to get two wins and we've done half the job."

Ukraine's 1-0 win over Poland was confirmed at half-time, adding extra pressure on England after a goalless first 45 minutes in the capital.

But by putting the visitors to the sword in the second half, Jagielka admits the result was more than deserved.

"I didn't even realise Ukraine had kicked off early as I was just focused on what we needed to do," he explained.

"In the first half we were camped in their half but just couldn't get the breakthrough. To get a goal so early in the second half was a fantastic time to score. We showed some great creative ability throughout.

"I didn't think the four goals flattered us at all. We looked really good going forward.

"If we play as well as we did [against Montenegro] then we will cause Poland a lot of problems."

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