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Jagielka to make Everton history

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England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Phil Jagielka will captain England against Lithuania on Monday, creating a bit of Everton history in the process.

With England already safety through to next summer's European Championship as group winners Hodgson has chosen to take an experimental squad to Lithuania for their final group game.

Jagielka is one of the more experienced players to remain with the squad, with the likes of James Milner, Joe Hart and Gary Cahill all left out and full time skipper Wayne Rooney injured.

When he leads the team out in Vilnius Jagielka will become the first Everton player to captain England from the start.

Jagielka has worn the armband before but it was only for the closing stages of a friendly against Honduras in the build-up to the 2014 World Cup.

Former Evertonians Alan Ball, Gary Lineker and Rooney have also been named England captain but only after leaving Goodison Park.

It is just reward for a fine start to the season that has seen Jagielka successfully  marshall an inexperienced back four, with the likes of Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman out injured.

It is also testament to how highly-rated he is by Hodgson and suggests he is in contention for a starting spot in France next year.

Speaking of the honour, Jagielka said:

"I'm pleased Roy came to find me to break the news that I'll be captain. Hopefully we can get the 10th win to finish off in style

The squad is strong and it's up to us who will be playing tomorrow to go out and put in a performance"