Everton defender Jagielka ready to lay down England marker

Everton defender Phil Jagielka is ready to establish himself in England's defence.

Jagielka is in strong contention to partner his former club-mate Joleon Lescott at the heart of the defence in Tuesday's demanding World Cup qualifier with Poland in Warsaw.

He said: "Would I like to be leader of the back-line? I'd like to. I've just turned 30 and I'm not exactly a young lad anymore.

"I've played quite a few games in the Premier League and the Championship before that to get my experience.

"You can't look too much into it. John's decided to retire now and there's a few of us competing for the two spots available.

"You'll have to wait a little bit longer to see who takes on the mantle of leading the back-four - but I'll be chucking my name in the hat."

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