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Jagielka enjoying Everton leadership role

Phil Jagielka says he's enjoyed the responsibility of being Everton captain.

Jagielka admitted assuming the Everton armband has given him a new appreciation of how to help young stars like Ross Barkley and John Stones fulfil their rich potential.

"It's easy to stand back when things are going well for the young players," said Jagielka.

"Sometimes you can just let them get on with it - I'm not even sure they get nervous any more.

"But when things go a little bit wrong, if there's a mistake or a loss of form, it's up to myself as captain and some of the older players just to put an arm around them, keep them going and get them to the place where they play their best football.

"That's what I've been learning over the last 18 months, that's the sort of role you want, you can't be giving too many tellings-off, it's all about managing these young lads, because some of the ability they've got is frightening.

"You see in Wayne how he has matured, and he knows how to help young players too."

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