Date:Monday June 11 2012
Everton defender Phil Jagielka wasn't even part of England boss Roy Hodgson's original plans for Euro 2012.
The centre back wasn't named in England's initial 23-man-squad and was only promoted to the side following an injury to Gareth Barry.
Many pundits thought it was strange that Hodgson replaced a central midfielder with a central defender, but the versatility of Phil Jones enabled Hodgson to call up Jags.
The real controversy came when Gary Cahill fractured his jaw in a collision with Joe Hart in the final warm up game before the team flew out to their base for Euro 2012, everyone expected Rio Ferdinand to get the call, but Hodgson left the former England captain at home in favour of Martin Kelly.
With John Terry struggling with a hamstring strain, severe enough for him to miss some of the training sessions ahead of the first game this evening, Jags may now be expected to start....quite a turn around for someone who wasn't even expecting to be at the tournament.
'We've had a few withdrawals of key players.' Jags told the Mirror.
He continued: 'I was devastated for Gary Cahill but we have a good squad and we have to deal with what the tournament throws at us.
'Maybe what's happened means I've gone up the pecking order. If it comes my way, I will try to perform to the best of my ability.'
England's first game of Group D is against France and is live on ITV1 at 5pm for readers in the UK.
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Date:Monday June 11 2012
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