Distin hails Jagielka
Sylvain Distin has paid tribute to Phil Jagielka, describing his Everton team-mate as a 'great player'.
Last Updated: 26/07/10 10:11am
Everton defender Sylvain Distin has paid tribute to Phil Jagielka, describing his team-mate as a 'great player'.
Jagielka missed a large chunk of last season due to injury but has undoubtedly been one of Everton's star men in recent years.
His performances have reportedly attracted admiring glances from elsewhere, with Arsenal thought to be interested in acquiring his services.
David Moyes is sure to fight hard to keep Jagielka if any potential suitors step up their interest, and Distin wants to continue his defensive partnership with the 27-year-old.
Distin rates Jagielka so highly that he is convinced the Sheffield United man would have been in England's World Cup squad had he played more games last season.
"Everyone knows Jag's quality and he is a great player," said Distin.
"The only reason he wasn't in the national team was because he didn't play a full season due to injury.
"He has the full package. I have a good chemistry with Jags on the pitch."