Martinez lauds underrated Everton captain Jagielka

Date published: Wednesday 14th October 2015 5:18

Phil Jagielka: Makes return for Everton this weekend

Roberto Martinez believes Phil Jagielka does not get the recognition he deserves after becoming the first Everton player to captain England.

Jagielka has been a consistent presence at the back for the Toffees since arriving in 2007 and was given the chance to skipper his country in the absence of Wayne Rooney and Gary Cahill for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania.

“It was a landmark to become the first player to lead England out whilst representing Everton,” Martinez said.

“Phil hasn’t got the recognition that his football deserved in the last 12 months – I felt he has been a captain through any sort of situation and he deserves that recognition.

“Everyone in the Everton family recognised that it was a proud moment and the performance that followed was phenomenal. To see Phil enjoying his football and playing in the way that he does for Everton shows you that he is an incredible asset.”

Most of the attention towards the Toffees’ defence has been aimed at youngster John Stones – who was a target for Chelsea over the summer – and it is viable the pair partner each other in the heart of the England back four at some point.

Everton host Manchester United on Saturday, when Stones is expected to return from injury to lineup alongside Jagielka.

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