Jagielka in confident mood

England defender Phil Jagielka is "massively confident" they will qualify for next year's World Cup in Brazil.

Last Updated: 08/10/13 at 16:05 Post Comment

Phil Jagielka: Confident England will qualify for 2014 World Cup

Phil Jagielka: Confident England will qualify for 2014 World Cup

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Roy Hodgson's side face a crucial World Cup qualifying double header against Montenegro on Friday and Poland on Tuesday knowing two victories would guarantee them a place in the tournament.

England are top of Group H going into the Wembley matches and, despite feeling frustrated that their place is not already assured, Everton centre-back Jagielka remains upbeat about their chances of securing their qualification.

"Our aim was not to have to rely on favours coming into this week," he said.

"We would have liked to have got it done and dusted by now. That is not the case, but we are still looking at it in a positive way.

"If we can get the two results we need, and that is in our hands, we will be booking our flights to Rio.

"There are quite a few people with experience of being in similar situations and we also have some young lads with fantastic ability.

"We are all massively confident we can go out there in a packed Wembley and put on a good performance. Hopefully it will be an exciting couple of nights."

Ashley Cole misses the Montenegro game with a rib injury and is a doubt for the game with Poland.

But Jagielka is confident his club team-mate Leighton Baines will be a capable replacement, if he is chosen by Hodgson to fill in for Cole.

"A lot of people have said it's a close fight between the two to see who would start," added Jagielka.

"If that is the case and Baines gets the chance to start, I am sure he won't let us down.

"He is a fantastic defender and gives us an attacking threat down the left as well."

Despite his confidence, Jagielka is not taking the threat of Montenegro lightly, a team that have held England to three draws in qualifying matches and who are third in the Group H table, level on points with Ukraine and just one point behind England.

"They have got some players who play in the best leagues in the world," he said. "They have some very talented players, and as a nation they are progressing.

"They are still in with a chance to qualify themselves."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

heck Opta stats.... Sterling is already better than Alexis on pace and creativity and when he can match him physically he will be ten times the player Sanchez ever was or will be!!

hoggylfc
Rodgers: Sterling can be striker

I

expect Pulis to have a nice Christmas dinner with his family- probably all sitting around the table wearing Christmas themed baseball caps, before he gets the call. Realistically he could end up at any number of clubs, it'll be interesting to see which club folds first.

mark.m
For Foxes' Sake, Call The Pulis...

A

s a Liverpool fan, I personally hate Palace. My pick would probably be Arsenal, which is funny because it seems the vast majority of their own fans don't even like them right now.

mark.m
Who Has Got The Likeability Factor?

Footer 365

Premier League: Ronald Koeman hopes change of approach will reap dividends for Southampton

Ronald Koeman is hoping a change of approach will reap dividends for Southampton this weekend.

Nottingham Forest's transfer embargo could galvanise club, says Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce says Nottingham Forest's transfer embargo could end up having a positive effect on the team.

Carrick doesn't see defensive future

Michael Carrick says he is happy to deputise in defence during Manchester United's injury crisis, but still sees his future in midfield.

Mail Box

Gonna Party Like It's Your Birthday...

There are an awful lot of folk claiming to share their birthdays with Lionel Messi or Ronaldo, while we have an Arsenal fan who doesn't want to be liked and more...

Manager Of The Month, My A***...

We have a Newcastle fan having a pop at his manager, some mild reaction to last night at Bournemouth, a justication of that Falcao cost and why the Neviller rules...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property