PHIL JAGIELKA wants to shine against Brazil tomorrow and claim a place as a first-choice England centre-back.
Jagielka is vying with former Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill and former Everton team-mate Joleon Lescott for a starting role against the South Americans at Wembley.
The Goodison defender has featured in England’s last three competitive internationals after earning a late call-up to the Euro 2012 squad by Roy Hodgson.
And Jagielka, who has enjoyed a fine run of recent form for David Moyes’s side, is eager to make the most of any opportunity tomorrow.
“The last 12 months have been a bit of a whirlwind,” he said. “From being in a position where you could pretty much have written down the back four and guessed who was going to be on the bench, now I don’t think anyone is guaranteed to start.
“We have four or five really good centre-backs who are competing for both positions.
“It is not even like one central defensive place is nailed down and the other is available. I guess that is what the manager enjoys.
“He has got a bit of everything – youth, experience, people who are playing in the Champions League. It is down to us to try and put your authority down and get that place.”
Meanwhile, Marouane Fellaini has handed Everton an early injury scare ahead of Sunday’s trip to Manchester United by sitting out training for Belgium yesterday.
Fellaini, who netted twice in the 3-3 draw against Aston Villa at Goodison on Saturday, complained of a hip problem when reporting for international duty.
And the midfielder is now rated as doubtful for Belgium’s friendly against Slovakia in Bruges tomorrow.
Teenage Everton left-back Jake Bidwell could face Chelsea in the FA Cup after he agreed a further one-month loan extension at npower League One side Brentford.
The 19-year-old joined the Bees in August on an initial one-month deal, with several subsequent extensions meaning he will remain at Griffin Park until March 5.
Bidwell was suspended for the initial 2-2 FA Cup fourth round draw with Chelsea last month but is now eligible for the Stamford Bridge replay.