So, it’s official.
Phil Jagielka will be leaving Everton after 12 years at Goodison Park, where he has enjoyed arguably the best moments of his career and made memories he should never forget.
The 36-year-old has represented his country at the World Cup, became the first Everton player to captain England, and has immortalised himself in Toffees folklore with 385 appearances to his name in the club’s colours.
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A Sheffield United academy graduate, Jagielka only cost the Toffees £4m when they took him off the Blades’ hands, a deal which could easily be deemed as one of the best in the club’s modern history due to the excellent service he has given.
His departure will certainly be one that tugs on the supporters’ heartstrings, and rightly so.
There have been a fair few in his career, but let’s take a look at four of Jagielka’s best moments as an Everton player…
Jagielka scores his first goal for the Toffees in a Europa League qualifying match against AZ Alkmaar, the first of just 19 he would get in the blue of Everton. Former striker Andy Johnson helps him celebrate.
The former Blades hero nets the winning spot kick at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final against Man United. Sadly for the centre-back, he would miss the final against Chelsea due to a serious knee injury.
Roberto Martinez’s Everton were heading for a drab 1-0 defeat against local rivals Liverpool, before Jagielka strode onto the ball from roughly 30 yards out and struck it with the outside of his right boot. You only need to look at the image to see where it ended up.
Having only been drafted into the side at the last minute due to Michael Keane’s injury in the warm up, Jagielka netted a predatory strike to hand his side a 1-0 win. A true model professional.