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Jagielka optimistic about England future

16 August 2012 16:26

Everton defender Phil Jagielka believes the future looks bright for England after five players made their senior debuts in the win over Italy.

The 29-year-old was one of the more experienced faces in the line-up and scored as England came from a goal down to beat Italy 2-1 before their 2014 World Cup qualification campaign gets underway.

And with debutants Jack Butland, John Ruddy, Ryan Bertrand, Jake Livermore and Tom Cleverley looking at home on the international stage, Jagielka is optimistic about the national team's prospects going forward.

"It's looking good," Jagielka told Sky Sports. "The squad does look very young, it makes me feel old, but it's really good for England.

"It was a bit of a rocky start, but once we got the goal back I think we played well in the game. There were a lot of debuts tonight and a fantastic goal to win it."

Butland and Ruddy played 45 minutes each in goal and Jagielka believes the new competition Joe Hart faces for the number one shirt can only be a good thing.

"Two goalkeepers as well, we were struggling in that department not too long ago and now we have had two good performances," Jagielka said.

"I thought John did especially well with a couple of shots in the second half and Jack has done well at the Olympics."

Jagielka played no part at Euro 2012 as John Terry and Joleon Lescott impressed at centre-back but the former Sheffield United player hopes to be given a chance to impress during the World Cup qualifying campaign.

"When you hear that the squad is going to have a few players left out of it, to give other people a game, I was desperate to get a starting role and I got that tonight," he said.

"It was nice to get 60-65 minutes under my belt, another cap and obviously my first international goal, which is a massive bonus and I'm looking forward to the internationals coming up."

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