Everton defender Phi Jagielka tipped to cement England spot
Everton assistant manager Steve Round believes Phil Jagielka has the credentials to become an England regular.
Last Updated: 25/09/12 9:32am
Chelsea centre-back Terry announced on Sunday night that he no longer wished to be considered for England duty and accused the Football Association of making his position 'untenable'.
Jagielka has had to bide his time in the squad behind the likes of Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Joleon Lescott but now has the chance to become a key player under Roy Hodgson.
"Without doubt it is a chance for Phil to stake a claim, it is a terrific opportunity, it really is," said Round.
"He has speed, awareness, and is a very good defender one versus one - which is very important in international football.
"He is also starting to show the composure now which has taken him a while to come to terms with: being able to become really comfortable on the ball, taking the ball from the goalkeeper and building from the back.
"He was starting to show that for Everton and he was starting to show it for England. There will be one or two thinking they have an opportunity, like (Gary) Cahill at Chelsea.
"It is great opportunity for Jags and if he gets it he will take it. He is ready for it - I know that - and he feels he can step up that level. He certainly has the talent and ability, he just needs to get in now and establish himself."
Jagielka comes up against one of his former managers in Neil Warnock on Tuesday when Everton travel to Leeds in the third round of the Capital One Cup.
The pair were together at Sheffield United and the centre-back remembers those times fondly.
"He is the sort of character you either love or hate but he was the man who gave me my first big chance," he told evertontv.
"He will always have a special place for me as you don't forget those people who help you in your career.
"You want characters in the game, you don't want to be watching interviews on the telly and switching them off because they are boring and Neil Warnock is certainly not boring."