Phil Jagielka grateful England do not have to rely on favours to book Brazil 2014 place
Phil Jagielka remains confident that England can pick up maximum points from the final two qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland and book their place at the World Cup in Brazil next summer.
Roy Hodgson's side have given themselves every opportunity of reaching the showpiece event in South America and are currently top of Group H.
Jagielka is expecting a tough encounter against Montenegro following the 1-1 draw back in March
and knows they will have to be at their best if they are to come away with all three points.
But with the final two qualifiers being played at Wembley, Jagielka knows they have everything in their own hands and is grateful they will not have to rely on anyone else to secure a place at the Finals next summer.
Jagielka said: "As the group progressed we were not going to rely on any favours. We are still at a very positive angle - it is in our own hands and [hopefully] we will be booking our plane to Rio.
"I was there when we drew the game [against Montenegro] away. They have a fantastic unit. The fans were very close to the pitch over there and they have got some very talented players.
"They are confident going into these games and they have won quite a few - they have still got a chance to qualify."
Jagielka has no doubts that Leighton Baines would not let anyone down if he comes into the team after Ashley Cole was forced to pull out of the Montenegro game with a rib injury
He added: "Ashley has done a fantastic job for England. A lot of people have been saying it is a close fight between the two. Leighton is a fantastic defender and gives us a great attacking threat.
"It is important that we go out and score goals. Roy has been very attacking with the players he has picked. They are looking very sharp and it is going to be a tough decision for who he picks.
"We all know the task that lies ahead. There are players who have been in this situation before and they will have a big role to play. We are confident we can go out there and hopefully it will be a good couple of nights."