Everton defender Phil Jagielka admits it will be a struggle for him to win a place back in Roy Hodgson’s England side, reports the Independent.
Jagielka was one of several players who endured a disappointing World Cup in Brazil, and was left out of the starting line up in favour of Phil Jones for the most recent internationals.
And despite remaining a key man for Roberto Martinez and Everton, Jagielka admits he does not know whether he will win his starting place back for his country.
“I am not particularly confident,” he said. “It is up to the manager and all I can do is play well for Everton. I don’t feel the World Cup has left a mark. It is an obvious assumption to make because it has not been great.”
The 32-year-old has been a part of an Everton side that has conceded 10 goals in their opening four matches, and claimed he had never played in a game quite like the 6-3 defeat suffered to Chelsea at the end of August.
“I am sure I would not have been asked this if we had won the first three games and kept clean sheets but I know I have to answer these questions,” he said.
“It does not feel nice, that is the easiest way of saying it, but the [England] manager has a job to do. If he is looking to build for the future, that can work against me, but if you start looking too deeply at things, it is not going to do me any favours.”