Everton defender Phil Jagielka feels he and Manchester City's Joleon Lescott can be England's first-choice defensive pairing.

Jagielka admits he feels at home playing alongside Lescott after their spells in the same England youth sides and at Goodison Park.

The former Sheffield United player said: "Myself and Jols met playing football, England Under-19s, Under-20s. Obviously Joleon also had a similar path to me, playing for Wolves in the Championship.

"We made the first team at similar times, often played against each other, there's only a day between our birthdays, so we are pretty much the same age.

"We eventually got to play centre-half together at Everton and it just works, the communication, the way we play. Obviously left-foot, right-foot also helps as well. It just seems to work."