England run-out lifts Jagielka
Phil Jagielka has expressed his delight after coming on as a substitute in England's win over Ukraine.
Last Updated: 02/04/09 10:58pm
Phil Jagielka has expressed his delight after coming on as a substitute in England's 2-1 victory over Ukraine.
The Everton defender replaced Rio Ferdinand for the final few minutes of Wednesday's World Cup qualifier at Wembley.
It was his first appearance in a competitive international and he admits it was a relief to get the nod from the bench following his performance against Spain.
"I thought Michael Carrick was being brought on to shore up the midfield but when Rio went down, I knew another defender would be coming on," Jagielka told the Liverpool Echo.
"It might have only been for a few minutes but it's always nice to get an extra cap, especially in a game that meant as much as this one did.
"He (Capello) has got faith in everybody that he picks, you know that. If he picks you for a game or selects you for a squad, it's not because he wants to do you a favour.
"He just wants to win football matches and will pick the players he feels will do that."
Jagielka made a costly mistake in the 2-0 defeat to Spain and feared that he would be left out of the England squad as a result.
He said: "It was massive to be called up for this one.
"I would have been gutted if I'd missed out, particularly after what had happened against Spain.
"If for some reason I'd have ended up being out of the squad for a long time, I might have started to wonder what was going to happen and been a bit nervous in the future about being selected."