columnist Rob Facey wonders whether or not Fabio Capello has
made the right decision in omitting Phil Jagielka from his latest England squad
and asks what the Everton defender needs to do to get involved with the
international set up.
David Moyes has criticised Fabio Capello for failing to call
up defender Phil Jagielka to the England squad for Wednesday's fixture with
The former Sheffield United centre back has just one
international cap to his name but was thought to be a certainty for the squad
with the first choice pairing of Rio Ferdinand and England captain John Terry
unavailable to play together.
Jagielka's team-mate, Joleon Lescott, is likely to pick up
his seventh England cap, but manager Moyes is at a loss as to why Jags hasn't
been called up with him.
"Put it this way, he's playing as well if not better than he
was last season, when he was included in the England squad," Moyes said, as reported on Setanta Sports.
"It's hard enough picking my own team without trying to tell
someone else what to do but Jags has been playing as well as I have seen him.
"He has been our most consistent player this season and his
pace, athleticism and strength have been impressive.
"Maybe if he keeps that up he will get in again."
If Michael Mancienne, the Chelsea loanee who has yet to
feature in the Premier League, has been called up then surely the Everton
stalwart deserves a chance?
The uncapped Curtis Davies and West Ham's Matthew Upson are
expected to feature at some point as Capello hinted that injuries may force him
to experiment, but surely Jagielka should be competing with the likes of these
Did Everton's slow start to the season ruin Jags' chances
for a call up?
Or, considering the long list of absentees Capello is faced
with, is this simply a bad call by the Italian?
Should he be using this opportunity to play fringe players
such as Jagielka rather than unknown quantities like Davies and Mancienne?
Capello seems to be ruthless in his squad selection (just
ask Michael Owen) so what does Jagielka need to do to get involved with the
national set up?