Warnock backing for Jags
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Neil Warnock feels Phil Jagielka is worthy of a place in the England squad.
Sheffield United chief Neil Warnock feels Phil Jagielka is worthy of a place in the England squad.
Warnock witnessed England's loss to Sheffield United on Wednesday and promptly championed the cause of his midfield driving force Jagielka.
Jagielka has proven his class in the Premiership this term and Warnock feels he would add a touch of versatility to Steve McClaren's squad.
"I think Phil Jagielka would get in most Premiership teams in midfield or centre-half - and he's not a bad goalkeeper," said the Blades boss.
Warnock, though, believes Jagielka is paying a price for playing for United.
"I think it is difficult (to get in the England squad) at the moment because of the number of bodies who are playing with big clubs - and big clubs always get the selection for the national teams," he added.
"I think it takes a brave manager to pick lads from the lesser, smaller clubs - but it doesn't mean that is the right decision.
"I think Phil playing for England would help England. I am probably a little bit biased but in the next 12-18 months ..."