The club's skipper surpassed Alan Ball's 39 England appearances as a Toffees player when he was introduced at half time for Gary Cahill with the score at 1-0. However, while Jamie Vardy's goal doubled the Three Lions' lead and put them on course for a victory to close out 2016, Spain levelled the scores with two very late goals.
Adam Lallana had put Gareth Southgate's men on their way with a first-half penalty and Vardy's diving header made it 2-0 but Iago Aspas curled in a brilliant effort in the 89th minute which spurred the Spaniards on to a grandstand finish.
That was provided by Isco who beat Tom Heaton with a close-range finish in the sixth minute of stoppage time.
Meanwhile, in World Cup qualifying, Enner Valencia and Ramiro Funes Mori were in action as Argentina won for the first time in four games when they beat Colombia 3-0 and Ecuador beat Paraguay in convincing fashion.
Valencia scored the third goal in what was also a 3-0 win while Bryan Oviedo watched from the bench as Costa Rica hammered the United States 4-0, seriously denting the chances of Jurgen Klinsmann's men making it to Russia 2018.
Elsewhere, Gerard Deulofeu featured for Spain U21s as they squeaked into next year's European Championship finals on the away goals rule following what was, by all accounts, a lacklustre display against Austria.
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3 Posted 16/11/2016 at 06:58:51
4 Posted 16/11/2016 at 06:59:38
5 Posted 16/11/2016 at 07:38:08
He receives unbelievable stick, such as an absurd early doors comment on another thread today, and a measure of how derided/unappreciated he can be is that I've seen him referred to as "slow" on countless occasions, when in fact he has been one of the quickest players in the Premier League, even after a cruciate. However people tend to make their minds up and state their opinions accordingly, and that happens with Jagielka.
He's entering the "needs less games, not more" stage of his career now. If we manage him right, we will continue to get the best of him for a couple of seasons more after this. Long term, though, we need someone in. Same with Bainsey actually.
6 Posted 16/11/2016 at 09:10:59
Jags has always been a top Premier League player, he deserves a lot of credit for his loyalty to the blues, remember Arsenal made it public knowledge they had approached us for him, he never once commented, just continued his job, as a professional should do.
He's often been pulled up for not being a typical captain style player too, but there are two types of captain: one is a loud commanding man who tells everyone how it is on the field of play; the other is a Jags, someone who leads by example, putting his body on the line, playing injured and leading by example.
I'd agree with Bobby (above @ 5) that he's at the stage in his career were he needs resting, he should be a bit-part player now, and ideally quit international football so as to use the international time as a hard-earned break.
7 Posted 16/11/2016 at 09:42:11
I'm really surprised that Bally only got 39 caps. Still got my white boots!
9 Posted 16/11/2016 at 10:59:57
10 Posted 16/11/2016 at 11:03:27
That is only 39 caps while at Everton – he got many more than 39.
11 Posted 16/11/2016 at 11:50:08
12 Posted 16/11/2016 at 11:53:30
13 Posted 16/11/2016 at 12:08:32
14 Posted 16/11/2016 at 12:14:22
If Southgate's selections were based on current form then picking Jagielka is a sad indictment of the state of the national team (or Southgate's capability to be the England manager). Jagielka has been a great servant to the club but he's not reached anything like top form for at least the past 2.5 seasons.
Did Stones move to LCB when Jagielka came on?
15 Posted 16/11/2016 at 12:35:22
I do hope he shoots more for Everton.
Rom scored two on Sunday to keep them top of their group.
Coleman played well in Ireland's win in Vienna to go top of their group.
Valencia scored again for his country. I'd like to see him get a run out against Swansea alongside Rom.
16 Posted 16/11/2016 at 13:09:04
17 Posted 16/11/2016 at 13:26:26
18 Posted 16/11/2016 at 15:20:26
Obviously the years are catching up with him and his reactions, as with all of us, but he deserves every accolade earned for both club and country and will continue hopefully for at least a couple of seasons more, even for critics who tend to forget, Well Done Jags Lad.
19 Posted 16/11/2016 at 15:25:09
What a goal by Bolasie - he just needs to that for Everton!
20 Posted 16/11/2016 at 15:47:08
I think Jags has made every center half he's played with look better than they are with his game-reading and pace. Lescott and Stones should be thanking him for their big money moves and fantastic contracts... all down to Jags.
21 Posted 16/11/2016 at 16:16:07
22 Posted 16/11/2016 at 17:30:19
23 Posted 16/11/2016 at 18:44:55
The sad fact is however, that getting capped by England is not a great achievement any more. So many players have proven they are not world class material once they get the England shirt on. Sure they can shine against the minnows of world football as Moldova, Lichtenstein, San Marino and the like but when it comes down to the real class, England in particular have failed miserably.
I question Southgate's ability to be the man to improve England and I wonder why he wasn't preferred to Allardyce before Allardyce got the job if the FA is considering him now for the permanent position.
24 Posted 16/11/2016 at 19:46:14
As mentioned above his partnership with Distin made them as good as any in the Prem and I always thought it was broken up prematurely.
For the last two seasons he had to nurse the hopelessly over-hyped Stones through his apprenticeship whilst the occasional pairing with Funes Mori has often given him one and a half jobs to do.
Jags is no great age for a defender and despite his variable form this season, he still has plenty to give to the cause. Well done Skip and you haven't finished yet by a long way!
25 Posted 16/11/2016 at 20:05:00
It's interesting that 40 England caps is an Everton record, though – when you look at how many caps some players manage at other clubs.
26 Posted 16/11/2016 at 21:08:12
27 Posted 16/11/2016 at 21:21:55
Possibly he has shown a lack of ambition to fight for the top honours at a contending club. Bit like his defensive comrade Leighton Baines.
Sad indictment of the lost and barren years at Everton.
28 Posted 16/11/2016 at 23:51:06
29 Posted 17/11/2016 at 04:32:22