Defensive duo stake claim
Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott hope they have given Fabio Capello a selection headache after their display against Spain.
By William Esler
Last Updated: 13/11/11 1:20pm
Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott hope they have given Fabio Capello a selection headache as they proved England have strength in depth in the 1-0 win over Spain on Saturday.
With John Terry and Gary Cahill on the bench and Rio Ferdinand not in the squad, the former Everton team-mates produced a good showing to force their way into Capello's thinking.
Partnered against the attacking threats of David Silva, David Villa, Fernando Torres and Andres Iniesta, they stood firm as Spain dominated possession for long periods at Wembley, restricting them to only two shots on target in the game.
Toffees centre-back Jagielka told Sky Sports News: "I think a lot of people were questioning Mr Capello's team selection and wanting to see our first team against their first team.
"But I think the result proves we do have strength in depth and it's proved to be a good exercise. Not just for the first team players but for the lads on the fringe like myself.
"I hope (I've made an impression for a spot at Euro 2012), there won't be many more games where we can play international games.
"There are only three of four more games before the squad is announced but hopefully that has given Mr Capello a selection headache."
Manchester City man Lescott felt that it was his best performance in an England shirt and said that knowing his partner well helped keep Spain at bay.
He said: "I would say definitely (that was my best performance). The team played well and getting a clean sheet helps. But me and Jags have played together a lot, so obviously that helps playing together with someone you know well."
The defender also thinks that moving to City from Goodison Park has improved him as a player.
He added: "Playing with quality players like David Silva helps and you get more experience and tend to have more composure on the ball.
"Obviously that's what it's like playing international football. We didn't have as much possession as we would have liked, but we contained them well."
The lack of possession also disappointed Jagielka.
He added: "It was fantastic to beat Spain. We would have liked a bit more of the ball, but against a fantastic team like Spain then you sometimes have to surrender possession.
"Thankfully Frank (Lampard) was in the right place at the right time to get us the goal and everyone is happy with the 1-0 victory."