Everton defender Jagielka: Hodgson approach ideal for England

Everton defender Phil Jagielka sees Roy Hodgson as the ideal England coach.

Everton defender Phil Jagielka sees Roy Hodgson as the ideal England coach.

Jagielka can’t speak highly enough about Hodgson, who ­appears to be a steadying hand at the helm after succeeding ­Fabio Capello last May.

The 30-year-old Jagielka, who has won 16 caps, said: “If you look beyond his CV in football, he is genuinely a nice guy and you can have a conversation with him for hours and hours.

“He is a likeable person and it works brilliantly. We spend a lot of time away together and the atmosphere he has created has made it so much easier to go away on international duty.

“He has a laugh and a joke when he wants to, and then he reins it in when he wants to let us know that he is not happy.

“But, as a person, he fits the bill perfectly. His CV speaks for itself and, added to that, he is a good communicator who doesn’t shirk away from anything and gives his views.

“For both players and fans alike, that’s exactly what you want to see – you want him to be as honest as he possibly can."

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