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Jags Expects Full Fitness When It Counts

Roy Hodgson has taken a 'calculated risk' on a few players when it comes to his world cup squad.

All the talk of Phil Jones, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's selections despite injury problems at the end of the season had seen the fact that Phil Jagielka is hardly at the 'peak of fitness' somewhat forgotten.

Earlier in the year the Everton man had a problem with his hamstring, a similar issue picked up on February 22nd when playing against Chelsea kept him out until the penultimate game of the season against Man City and then he played the full 90-minutes of the season finale against Hull City.

Some 156-minutes worth of football in 3-months is not really a lot.

Jagielka admits, with thoughts quoted by sky sports, that he might not have been at 'peak fitness' last week when we headed to Portugal for the training camp and might not be at it now but he does not 'need to be 100 per cent fit this week' being full fit for the opening game is the main thing.

He is sure he will be.

The Everton captain, fitness permitting of course, might play down his own chances of being in the starting XI but you would expect him and Gary Cahill to continue the partnership that they have built up.

I have to confess that it was not until Jagielka had mentioned this himself that I had really given that much thought to his fitness, or lack there of, but I really do hope that he is right and he will be fully fit when it really counts...

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Date:Tuesday May 27 2014

Time: 6:31PM

 

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