Phil Jagielka hopes Roy Hodgson can provide England’s missing link
After getting a call up to the full squad today Everton defender Phil Jagielka has said that Roy Hodgson can provide the missing ingredient to the England set up and make for a successful Euro 2012 campaign.
The England squad goes to Poland and Ukraine with expectations back home a lot lower than previous tournaments but the Everton man believes Roy Hodgson’s managerial experience can provide the key to success at the European Championships.
With matches against France, Sweden and Ukraine between England and the Euro 2012 quarter finals and a massive void up front for the first two matches because of Wayne Rooney’s suspension there is actually a chance England could be out of the tournament before Rooney kicks a ball, something Hodgson is looking to avoid with Andy Carroll the likely starter up front.
England beat Norway on Saturday and play their last friendly against Belgium at the weekend before jetting off to their base in Poland under the guidance of Hodgson and newly appointed Gary Neville.
Jagielka spoke ahead of the upcoming friendly with Belgium saying he hoped England can “go under the radar until the later stages of the tournament and get further than we have before.”
Despite being frustrated and disappointed about missing out on the original 23 man squad Jagielka made the step up after Gareth Barry tore a stomach muscle in the friendly against Norway, in which Jagielka impressed in a central defensive role alongside former Everton team-mate Joleon Lescott.
With Euro 2012 just around the corner and only one set of friendlies left for most of the 16 nations competing the waiting is nearly over as Europe’s elite footballing talent will descend on Poland and Ukraine for Euro 2012.
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