Having been released as Schoolboy by Everton, Jagielka came through the youth system at Bramall Lane to become one of the first names on the team sheet for Sheffield United. A ball-winning midfielder, he distinguished himself throughout his eight years at the club before leaving them when they were relegated in 2007.
Everton pounced to bring him back and Jagielka made a rapid progression when put in defence that saw him called-up by England manager Fabio Capello for a couple of end-of-season friendlies. He made his international debut as a second-half substitute in England's 3-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago and, although he missed out on the 2010 World Cup squad, he was given a chance as a part of the new-look squad following the competition.
Strengths: Willing to put his head where it hurts, Jagielka is a tough defender boasting physical power and good positional sense. He can also play in goal.
Weaknesses: Injury prone, he is not the quickest around and is prone to the odd rash tackle.
Career high: At the end of the 2008-09 Premier League season, Jagielka was named Everton's Player of the Season.
Career low: Missing the 2009 FA Cup final after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament playing against Manchester City.
Style: Tough, uncompromising, clever, a committed defender.
Quotes: "His two performances [in 2010-11 pre-season] have made us realise how important he is to us and how important he may be to England in the future." Everton boss David Moyes on Jagielka's future.
Trivia: His middle name is Nikodem, is of Polish decent and means Conqueror of the People.
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