England Player of 2014 contender: Phil Jagielka

Tuesday 02 Dec 2014
Everton defender Phil Jagielka netted twice for England in 2014

Phil Jagielka may have been a regular at the back for England this year, but it did not stop him scoring two Wembley goals.

The Everton defender was one of 31 players to appear for Roy Hodgson's men in 2014, playing in 10 out of 13 games, making him one of the contenders for the Vauxhall England Player of the Year award.

Phil Jagielka

Club: Everton
DOB: 17/08/82
Caps in 2014: 10
Goals in 2014: 2
Total Caps: 34
Total Goals: 3 

Jagielka missed the first game of the year, the win over Denmark, due to a hamstring injury, but came back in time for the pre-World Cup warm-up in May. 

He was soon making an impact as England welcomed Peru to Wembley. Jagielka tucked away from close range after keeper Raul Fernandez spilled a corner, and the goal sealed a 3-0 victory to send the Three Lions off to Brazil in confident mood.

The former Sheffield United defender featured in the two defeats in South America, against Italy and Uruguay, as England returned home early.

But he has since played a part in all six victories this term, and also netted against San Marino. His 25th-minute goal in the European Qualifier at Wembley in October was important as it got the ball rolling on a night England ended up hitting five past the visitors. 

And, according to Premier League tracking data earlier this season, the 32-year-old recorded the fastest sprint in the top flight in August reaching nearly 22.3mph and then smashed home a goal in September to snatch a late point for Everton against Merseyside rivals Liverpool.  

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By FA Staff