Tuesday, 6th May, 2014

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has explained that he was impressed with Phil Jagielka’s outing in his side’s 3-2 loss to Manchester City at the weekend.

It was the centre-back’s first appearance since picking up an injury against Chelsea in February.

Although the skipper was substituted for Gerard Deulofeu in the 66th minute, Martinez insisted that he was pleased with Jagielka’s performance against two of the best strikers in the Premier League in the form of Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko.

The Spaniard now wants the England international to finish the season strongly and play well in the summer’s World Cup, so that the defender can start the next season in a positive manner.


“It was very important because he [Jagielka] has been a long time away from a football pitch”, Martinez told his club’s official site.

“I thought that after the first 20 minutes he got rid of any sort of lack of intensity and rustiness and was very impressive.

“Sixty minutes was perfect for him to complete in a demanding type of game against two of the best strikers in the league.

“I thought he came through magnificently well, so now it is a matter of completing the season strongly and having a good summer so he can start next season strongly as well.”

Jagielka, who has 24 caps for England to his name, has made 29 appearances in all competition for the Toffees this term.

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