Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Jagielka to stick with Toffees

Phil Jagielka

Everton defender Phil Jagielka has scotched rumours linking him with a move to Arsenal.

The 27-year-old, who made his second England start in last night's 2-1 win over Hungary, has been linked with a summer move to the Gunners, who are struggling for centre-backs following the departures of Sol Campbell, William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre.

"There's nothing I can do about the speculation, but the gaffer has pulled me aside and told me I'm not going anywhere," Jagielka told talkSPORT.

"I'm happy with that. I'm an Everton player, I love playing for the club, and I'm just going to get on with my job there."

Jagielka marked his fourth England cap by unwittingly scoring the own-goal which put the Three Lions behind in their first match since their embarrassing World Cup exit to Germany.

The former Blades defender's woes should have been avoided however, with replays showing the shot was cleared by Michael Dawson before all of the ball had crossed the line.

Jagielka was one of eight players not involved in South Africa who played Wednesday night's game, which England won courtesy of two superb goals from captain Steven Gerrard.

He now hopes to be part of a new era under Capello, who is determined to win a trophy with England before his contract runs out after Euro 2012.

"It did feel like a new era definitely," said Jagielka. "If you looked at the team that finished the match then there won't have been many caps between us which is nice to see.

"We have a lot of good English talent coming up and I'm sure that the manager will put young and old together and hopefully we can kick on for the European Championships."

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