Jagielka: It's in our hands

Phil Jagielka insists England are in a positive frame of mind ahead of two crucial World Cup qualifiers.

Last Updated: 08/10/13 at 14:43 Post Comment

Jagielka: Confident England can get the job done

Jagielka: Confident England can get the job done

England defender Phil Jagielka insists the team are in a positive frame of mind as they prepare to face two final World Cup qualifiers which will determine whether Roy Hodgson's men will be travelling to Rio next summer.

Back-to-back victories against Montenegro on Friday and Poland next Tuesday will sweep England into next year's World Cup finals in Brazil.

Four points would also be enough if Ukraine fail to overcome Poland in Kiev on Friday, but anything less and England will find themselves in the play-offs or, even worse, eliminated altogether.

However, that is not something Jagielka is contemplating.

"We should have got it done and dusted by now but obviously that's not the case," the Everton captain said.

"But we're still looking at it from a very positive angle. The two results we need, it's in our hands, and we're looking at booking that flight to Rio."

Although Jagielka is aware it would be wrong to underestimate a Montenegro side who have surprised many in Group H, and are not out of the running for a place in Rio, he is confident England have the players to cope with the task ahead.

"I was there when we drew the game away at Montenegro, as a team they've got a fantastic unit together," said Jagielka.

"They put us under a lot of pressure, they are progressing and they're confident as well.

"They're going into this game as confident as us due to the fact they've picked up draws against us before, and they're still in with a chance of trying to qualify themselves.

"We all know the task that lies ahead. I think there are quite a few people who've got the experience of being in similar situations before, so they've got big roles to play.

"We've also got some young lads with fantastic ability, so we're massively confident we can go out there and put on a good performance which can hopefully produce goals."


New Sky Bet customers: Claim free £5 bet every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

he thing is, footballers are role models, and children are influenced by them. I watched the Chelsea game with my 6 year old, and at school the next day she stamped on Emre Can.

megabrow (cufc)
Diego Costa: The Patron Saint Of S**thousery

Y

et again Barcelona try to convince the world that they only play the most virtuous of football. I've never seen a team so willing and able to dish out lumps but feel so self-righteous that no opposition player should ever have the audacity to tackle them.

charsmatcengma
Enrique hauls Neymar to safety

I

d love to see a United v Liverpool FA cup final. It would certainly fit the narrative. Obv I'd want the ending to be one of an O.G. and tears as he collects his runner-up medal.

GVMUFC
Gerrard Constantly Searching For That Final Hurrah

Footer 365

Premier League: Daniel Sturridge sure Steven Gerrard will manage Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge is convinced Steven Gerrard will eventually return to Anfield as Liverpool manager.

Stoke give Leicester City permission to speak to defender Huth

Stoke City have given Leicester City permission to speak to Robert Huth about a possible loan deal.

FA back Prince Ali to stand against Blatter for FIFA presidency

The Football Association has formally nominated Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein to stand against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.

Mail Box

It's A Massive, Big, Brilliant Mailbox

And we left lots of Suarez/Costa mails unopened. What we do have is a video of some rotten Suarez tackles and views on the future of football, Spurs, Liverpool and...

But Biting Doesn't Hurt Like Stamping...

There are Liverpool fans arguing that Luis Suarez is nowhere near Diego Costa's sh*t-house league but we have plenty of love for the agitator too. Oh and Spurs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company