Clean Sheet For Jags In 4-0 Win
Phil Jagielka starts against Bulgaria on Friday night.
Phil Jagielka helped England keep a clean sheet as the Three Lions beat Bulgaria 4-0.
Fabio Capello's side started their Euro 2012 campaign in style at Wembley, where Jermain Defoe was the hat-trick hero.
But there were mixed fortunes around Europe as several other Blues took to the field for their respective nations.
As widely expected, Jagielka lined up in central defence in the absence of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, and looked tidy and solid throughout.
Defoe lashed England ahead inside three minutes and the home side remained in control, with the same player doubling the lead just after the hour. Adam Johnson struck late on before Defoe made it four with his hat-trick goal.
Also on Friday, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov helped Russia to a routine 2-0 win over Andorra but there was bad news for two other Everton stars.
Marouane Fellaini was handed a start for Belgium's Euro 2012 qualifying clash at home to Germany, playing the full 90 minutes in Brussels but losing out to a Miroslav Klose strike.
On his return to international football, Louis Saha was a substitute for France as they began their campaign at home to Belarus, the striker emerging from the bench with 20 minutes to go before going off injured just ten minutes later with a right knee problem. The French went on to concede a late goal in losing 1-0 at home.
On a happier note, Jan Mucha was named in goal for Slovakia's home qualifier with Macedonia and helped keep a clean sheet, ensuring Filip Holosko's injury time goal was enough for victory.
And Tim Cahill was in friendly action, starting Australia's low-key 0-0 draw with Switzerland.
Some of Everton's young stars were also on duty, with Seamus Coleman involved in the Republic of Ireland Under-21s' 1-0 defeat in Switzerland.
Meanwhile, Joao Silva made a late appearance from the bench as Portugal's Under-21 side lost 1-0 to England.