Jagielka admits WC dream
Phil Jagielka admits it would be 'amazing' if he makes the England squad for this summer's World Cup.
Last Updated: 06/05/10 7:56pm
Everton defender Phil Jagielka admits it would be 'amazing' if he makes the England squad for this summer's World Cup.
The 27-year-old centre-half has staked a late claim for a place on the plane to South Africa after recovering from a long-term knee ligament injury sustained last season.
After a 10-month lay-off he has put in some impressive performances for the Toffees of late, and could sneak into Fabio Capello's plans as a back-up central defender.
Either way, he says he will be supporting the Three Lions, but concedes it would be a dream come true if he were to make it.
"You dream about playing for your country in the World Cup and if I get the opportunity to travel with the squad, especially after the previous 10 months, it would be amazing," he said.
"If I am lucky enough to go I'll be buzzing - but, if not, I'll still be smiling, I'll still be putting my shirt on supporting the boys.
"There will be plenty of boys to support anyway, as far as club lads go.
"I won't support them all for too long, but I will at least at the group stages. It will be fantastic."
Jagielka has already won three caps for England after forcing his way into the side before his serious injury last April.
He admits he still feels some discomfort in his knee but is confident of making a full recovery.
"It is OK, not amazing," he added. "I've been told it will still take a little while for it to feel as good as it should do but that is more than good enough.
"I'll keep working on it and working on it and hopefully it will get back to the strength it was.
"It's football and I can't complain. I'd had eight or nine fantastic seasons and then the first major injury I had last year ruled me out for some time.
"If I can keep myself fit now for the remainder of my career I will look back feeling I was one of the lucky ones having not spent that much time on the sidelines.
"It's not been the best year but all I can do is smile. I have had enough of being sulky and moody.
"I've not played a lot of football but the last couple of months have flown by."