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Phil Jagielka

  • Born: 17/08/1982

  • Birthplace: Sale

  • Nationality: English

At Everton between 2007 - 2019

Phil Jagielka (pronounced "Yagelka") joined Everton in the summer of 2007 from Sheffield United.

He arrived on Merseyside in early July in a deal worth £4million.

Rumours of a switch to Goodison Park had rumbled on all summer, and when Sheffield United's relegation was confirmed (following their challenge of the Premier League's decision not to dock West Ham points) the Toffees quickly tied up the deal.

A versatile player, Phil can play in central defence, at full back and also in midfield.

He is also a capable goalkeeper and was called into action for Sheffield United on several occasions, most notably when he kept a clean sheet in the Blades' 1-0 home win over Arsenal in the 06/07 season.

Jagielka was at Everton's academy for a period in his teens before departing Merseyside and progressing through the ranks at the Yorkshire club.

In 2006, Phil won the award for the best player in the Championship, playing a central role in the Blades' promotion to the top flight under Neil Warnock.

He joined Everton to fight for a number of positions but it was in central defence that he established himself in the side after a slow start to the campaign.

Jags made his Everton debut appearing as a substitute against Tottenham at White Hart Lane before making his full debut at Bolton.

Joseph Yobo's involvement in the African Cup of Nations in January 2008 provided an opportunity for Jagielka and he grasped it with both hands.

He forged a strong partnership with Joleon Lescott and then Yobo when the Nigerian returned from international action as David Moyes' men marched to the semi-finals of the Carling Cup and progressed to the knockout stages of the Uefa Cup.

Jagielka's success meant he remained a fixture in the centre of defence, and such was the quality of his performances that he was called-up by England manager Fabio Capello for a couple of end-of-season friendlies.

He subsequently made his international debut as a second-half substitute in England's 3-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago.

After more excellent form in the 2008/09 season, he got a first start for the Three Lions against Spain in February 2009.

He then scored the winning penalty in Everton's spot-kick win over Man Utd in the FA Cup semi-final, exorcising the demons of the previous season's miss against Fiorentina.

But a serious knee ligament injury struck in April and he missed the FA Cup final and much of the 2009/10 season.

After ten months out, Jagielka returned to action on 25 February 2010 coming on as a substitute in the Europa League defeat to Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.

After featuring as a half-time substitute in the trip to Tottenham Hotspur, he started in every Everton first-team game until the end of the season.

In September 2010 Jagielka started a competitve game for England for the first time, partnering Michael Dawson in a 4-0 thrashing of Bulgaria in England's opening Euro 2012 qualifier at Wembley.

He remained a regular part of the Three Lions squad and by the end of the campaign was back to his very best for the Toffees.

Jagielka made 36 appearances and netted twice for the Blues across the 2011/12 season, with injury sidelining the centre-half for a two-month spell at the turn of the year.

Solid form following his March return earned the former Blade a seat on the plane as England headed to Euro 2012 - although he remained an unused substitute for all four games.

However, he was involved from the start in the next international friendly and scored his first goal for his country on Wednesday 15 August in the 2-1 win over Italy in Switzerland.

Competitive involvement followed in September, as Jagielka started the 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Ukraine at Wembley.

After a typically impressive first half of the 2012/13 season, Jagielka agreed a two-year contract extension in January 2013 which, if completed, would take him to ten years service at Goodison Park.

Phil officially became Everton Captain after the announcement that Phil Neville was to retire from football.

Jagielka recovered from a nasty foot injury suffered against Reading to finish the season in impressive form and following Phil Neville’s decision to leave he was confirmed by new manager Roberto Martinez as his captain for the 2013/14 season.

He continued to be a rock at the heart of Everton's defence alongside Sylvain Distin, but a hamstring problem sidelined him from February until May.

But a return to fitness at the end of the season was sufficient for Roy Hodgson to name Jagielka in his 30-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

Phil collected a hat-trick of accolades at the end of the 2014-15 season including Player of the Season, Players' Player of the Season and Goal of the Season.

On June 19th 2015 he signed a 1 year extension to his contract committing his future to the club until 2018

On 2nd August 2017, Phil signed a 1 year contract extension keeping him at the club until 2019.

On 4th June 2019, Phil announced on his Instagram page that he was leaving Everton, with the following message: "Its been hard to confirm my situation for next season as that decision hadn’t been fully made by the club until now, unfortunately my journey at Everton has come to an end after 12 fantastic seasons. I have been lucky enough to play over 380 games and lucky enough to be club captain for 6 years.

All I can say is thanks to all the players I’ve played along side, all the staff that have helped me in thier own way, The Chairman and of course the Amazing fans.
Wishing everyone associated with this special clubs the very best for the future!!

"Jags’ is quite simply one of our greatest ever servants," said Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright.

He went on to state "From the day he joined us in July 2007, he has epitomised what it is to be an Evertonian and will remain someone who embodies the spirit and values of the Blues."

"Who will ever forget that momentous afternoon at Wembley when he stepped up and slotted home the penalty to send us to the Cup final, or the day he scored one of the best Merseyside Derby goals of all time? And, of course, every Evertonian shared his pride when he became the first Everton player to lead out an England side back in 2015."

"As our captain and leader he has been a role model for the younger players coming through our ranks. Off the field he has always been a truly fantastic ambassador for our Club and a great supporter of our Charity."

I know I speak for all Evertonians when I send ‘Jags’ our heartfelt thanks for everything he has done for our Club, on and off the pitch, and wish him well for the future."

Love Everton would like to wish Phil well, and thank him for 12 years of fantastic service to the club and fans.

On 23rd August 2020, Phil extended his contract at Sheffield United until June 2021.


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