Jagielka Relishes Special Occasion

by Rob Urbani @Everton

Phil Jagielka says leading the team out against Wolfsburg at Goodison Park on Thursday will be another landmark occasion in his Everton career.

Jagielka has played in three previous European campaigns with the Blues but the 2014/15 adventure will be his first as captain.

"It will be a very proud moment again and my friends and family will be here," Jagielka told the media on Wednesday. “Night games at Goodison are always special but there is the added spice of this being a European fixture.

"I've captained the team for a year now and, if the manager picks me, it will be another opportunity to lead the team on Thursday night.

"But we’ve got to go out there, perform well and get the right result."

The Wolfsburg game will be manager Roberto Martinez’s managerial debut in European competition.

But he already has an idea what to expect on Thursday after being told how special an occasion it will be by numerous Evertonians.  

He continued: "I have been talking with some fans and they have been talking for a while about how they can’t wait to see Goodison under lights again on a European night. We are all excited, we are all looking forward.

"Wolfsburg are glamorous opposition and they are going to push us all the way. You do need the small margins and Goodison is a really healthy environment for us to play our football. The voice of the fans always makes a difference. 

"I am excited to see the fans being very proud and enjoying the evening, but more importantly hopefully seeing the team perform really well."

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