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Jags Joy For Johnny

Defender delighted as team-mate sails into World Cup's last four.

Jags Joy For Johnny

Phil Jagielka is delighted to see an Everton player involved in the World Cup semi-finals.

Jags' fellow Blues defender Johnny Heitinga booked his place in the last four courtesy of Holland's dramatic 2-1 victory over Brazil in Port Elizabeth on Friday afternoon.

The England man has been keeping close tabs on the progress of his teammates in the Rainbow Nation and admits it adds to the drama to have an Evertonian at such an advanced stage of the tournament.

> Heitinga's Holland Progress

Jagielka told evertontv: "Holland normally seem to do something wrong in World Cups but they have some fantastic individuals and they are playing well as a team. It will be hard to pick a winner from the countries remaining but they all have a chance of picking up the trophy.

"It is good to see Johnny still flying the flag (for Everton)."

Heitinga must now wait to see how Ghana and Uruguay fare before knowing who he will face in the semi-finals. Ghana, the last remaining African country in the competition, were victors over the USA.

Jagielka continued: "I was disappointed for America, I was hoping they would get past Ghana but Tim can come back with his head held high - both Tims can in fact - and Steven was unfortunate not to go through."

As for England, Jagielka believes their exit was deserved - such was the quality of their performance in the second round against Germany.

He added: "England lost a few key individuals and a few others didn't perform as we thought they would so we quite rightly got beaten. When it gets to the knock-out it is all about who performs on the day and unfortunately we didn't and Germany did."

As for his own international ambitions, Jagielka insists all he can do to force a return to the international fold is continue to give his all in the royal blue of Everton.

He adds: "I've always said the only way I will be picked by England is by playing well for Everton. I just want to play games because I missed a lot of games last season. I want to start the season as well as I can and wherever it takes me, it takes me."

Subscribers can watch our exclusive interview with Phil Jagielka on evertontv now.

Phil ThomasWell in Johnny, you're doing GREAT! Now get a world cup winners medal! Come on, you can do it

Saturday 3rd July 13:58 Report Comment

James WilkinsonWell in Johnny, making is Evertonians proud, excellent performances, now, try and talk to Van Der Vaart, and convince him to join Everton.

Saturday 3rd July 12:52 Report Comment

dave lawsongreat job johnny keep it up, you are doing us proud

Saturday 3rd July 12:32 Report Comment

Milin Chandrawell done!!!!! Brazil is most popular team here in India!! lol all the people will be wrong to support Brazil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday 3rd July 07:04 Report Comment

alexis leungHeitinga + Sneijder beat Brazil. Incredible. Heitinga played so well as a CB throughout the WC matches. Shall we aim higher next season?

Saturday 3rd July 04:17 Report Comment

Joshua LawWell done Johnny! With a relatively easy semi for a world cup we could be looking at the new world cup winners. Only one thing John could you please tell Arjen to stay on his feet, that display was increasingly frustrating and just disgraceful really.

Saturday 3rd July 00:08 Report Comment

Emma BWas a good game and I'm glad Netherlands went through! Well done Jonny, chuffed for you! :D

Friday 2nd July 20:32 Report Comment

Wai Kin Lowsomehow i think it is lucky for jagielka and baines for not participating in the world cup. i think the performance was bad overall. no one in the team was "hungry" to win the world cup. germany shows us more passion and determination that match

Friday 2nd July 19:10 Report Comment


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