Jags retains World Cup hopes

Everton defender Phil Jagielka is refusing to rule out winning a place in England's World Cup squad.

Jagielka, 27, has won three international caps since making his international debut against Trinidad & Tobago in June 2008.

A 10-month injury lay-off cased by a cruciate knee ligament injury has seen the former Sheffield United defender drop down the international pecking order.

However, Jagielka has been an ever-present for the Toffees after making his comeback in February and still believes he Could be on the plane to South Africa when England coach Fabio Capello names his final 23-man squad next month.

"If the possibility arises to play in a World Cup, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, especially for someone like me," he said,

"I would be delighted, even to go as a squad member.

"If I get on a plane to South Africa it would be amazing. If I don't, it's a nice little break for me and I can go back and do the little bits and bobs that I need to do to keep myself just ticking over.

"I've spoke to the physios and we've had a laugh and a joke about it. It's hard to make the decision, but as far as I'm concerned I'm available to go in the summer.

"I'm sure the physio, if he's got his Everton hat on will not want me to go, but if he's got his England one on and my best wishes he'll be delighted if I get the opportunity to board the plane."

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