Phil Jagielka says Everton will be eager to beat Newcastle on Monday night in a bid to teach ‘disrespectful’ Alan Pardew a lesson reports the Liverpool Echo.
Pardew riled Everton players and fans on the final day of last season, claiming his Newcastle side were operating in ‘a different league’ to the Merseyside club.
The words had a clear effect that day, as Everton ran out comfortable 3-1 winners, and Jagielka is hoping Pardew will leave Goodison Park with nothing once more on Monday.
He said: “I wouldn’t say there was a bit of an edge to the game, but I think it’s a little bit disrespectful for someone to say something like that after one good season.
“Fair play, Newcastle had a fantastic season and massively overachieved, but they aren’t the first team to overachieve for a season.
“In the Premier League it’s all about consistency, and if you look at how we have performed over the years, then it’s a little bit disrespectful to come out and say something like that.”
Jagielka has made a fine start to the season, and was rewarded for his displays at the heart of the Toffees’s defence by being selected to replace John Terry for England’s second World Cup Qualifier against Ukraine on Tuesday.
Jagielka claims the faith shown in him by Roy Hodgson has given him a real lift.
He added: “It was a boost of confidence to get the nod. I don’t think there is much to choose between me and Gaz (Gary Cahill). We are good friends, we mess about at table tennis and things like that.
“It’s hard knowing it’s one from two. We got told the day before so that gave us a chance to prepare.
“But I know if one of the first-choice centre-backs is injured for the next time, I’m not automatically straight in. Gaz has got as good a chance of playing.”