Jagielka sees bright future
England defender takes plenty of positives from Azzurri victory
Last Updated: August 15, 2012 11:12pm
Phil Jagielka: Netted his first international goal as England beat Italy 2-1
Phil Jagielka believes a productive night for himself and England against Italy on Wednesday bodes well for the future.
The Three Lions suffered Euro 2012 heartache against the Azzurri earlier this summer, but picked up a morale-boosting success in their only friendly encounter before 2014 World Cup qualification gets under way.
Roy Hodgson's youthful side fell behind in a game staged in Berne, to a Daniele De Rossi header, but hit back through Jagielka and Jermain Defore to claim the spoils.
Two experienced international performers may have turned the tie on its head, but the game saw England hand out five senior debuts.
Jack Butland, John Ruddy, Jake Livermore, Ryan Bertrand and Tom Cleverley put in assured displays and Jagielka believes the outlook is bright for the Hodgson regime.
Asked how positive it is to have a collection of fresh faces added to the fold, the Everton centre-half told Sky Sports News HD: "Two goalkeepers as well. We were struggling in that department not too long ago and now we have had two good performances.
"I thought John did especially well with a couple of shots in the second half and Jack has done well at the Olympics.
"It's looking good. The squad does look very young, it makes me feel old, but it's really good for England."
Jagielka was involved with the England set-up at Euro 2012, but played no part at the tournament and admits he was determined to put in an eye-catching display on Wednesday.
He said: "When you hear that the squad is going to have a few players left out of it, to give other people a game, I was desperate to get a starting role and I got that tonight.
"It was nice to get 60-65 minutes under my belt, another cap and obviously my first international goal, which is a massive bonus and I'm looking forward to the internationals coming up."
On the game itself, which saw England control possession for long periods and pose a considerable threat in the final third, Jagielka added: "It was a bit of a rocky start, but once we got the goal back I think we played well in the game. There were a lot of debuts tonight and a fantastic goal to win it."