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PHIL JAGIELKA was outstanding for England against Spain and at the very least should be included in the squad for Euro 2012.
There are massive question marks over Rio Ferdinand and John Terry so Jagielka has got to really fancy his chances of playing a significant part next summer in Poland and Ukraine.
Three or four years ago Terry could play alongside anyone at Chelsea, even though he was never the quickest, but has now lost even more pace and if he can’t really run by the time the Euros come around then Fabio Capello may have a major decision on his hands.
This presents a real opportunity for Jagielka and though his former Everton team-mate Joleon Lescott played very well alongside him on Saturday night, I see the current member of David Moyes’ side as having the better chance.
I’m not sure even Lescott’s manager at Manchester City, Roberto Mancini, is totally convinced by him and that could well be reflected in January when he buys someone else.
If Terry proves himself fine to play next summer then I would play Jagielka with him and not Lescott.
Lescott has done well but Jagielka is better and a defender who just wants to defend.
Gary Cahill remains in the pecking order but is slowly moving down the list.