Jagielka still short of match sharpness

, 27 May, 0comments  |  Jump to most recent
Mirallas returns for Belgium
Phil Jagielka has admitted that he is still trying to ramp up his match fitness ahead of the World Cup after missing all but two of Everton's Premier League games since February.

The defender is favoured to be one of Roy Hodgson's starters for England when they kick off their campaign in Brazil next month but knows he will need to prove his fitness in order to play after struggling with a hamstring injury over the last few weeks.

"I could do with these couple of games before the World Cup just to sharpen up," he said.

"Warm-weather training last week was a little bit difficult, and it will be difficult this week but it is something I need. I do not feel 100% fit but I do feel really good at the moment."

His Everton and England team mate, Leighton Baines was missing from training today because of a family bereavement but Manchester United's Phil Jones returned, increasing the likelihood that he will be fit to take part in Brazil and that John Stones therefore won't be required.

Kevin Mirallas, meanwhile, played his first football since limping off at the end of the win over Manchester United last month.

The forward played 45 minutes for Belgium in their 5-1 friendly win over Luxembourg in which Romelu Lukaku fired a hat-trick that included a wonderful solo third goal.

Quotes sourced from BBC Sport

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