Everton defender Lescott happy to be back in England squad

Everton defender Joleon Lescott is delighted to be again in the England squad this week.

Everton defender Joleon Lescott is delighted to be again in the England squad this week.

"I was disappointed last month not to be involved with the squad so I worked a little bit harder this month to try to get back in and it's paid off," he told evertonTV.

"But there's still a long way to go for me, I've still got to kick on and try to force my way back into a first-team place."

That opportunity failed to present itself on Saturday as Lescott had to settle for a place on the bench during the 4-0 rout of Slovakia at Wembley.

While downhearted not to see any action, Lescott is confident he figures in manager Fabio Capello's long-term plans.

Asked what the Italian had said to him, Lescott replied: "Nothing really, he's just treated me the same as everyone else.

"I think everyone's got a fair crack of the whip but obviously Rio [Ferdinand] had to pull out through injury and he's picked a replacement in Matthew Upson.

"It was disappointing but it was a great performance and result for the boys."

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