PHIL JAGIELKA just needs Roy Hodgson to give him a chance in the group stages of Euro 2012 for the Everton man to convince the nation, insists Graeme Sharp.
The Toffees defender is edging closer to contention for regular playing time in Poland and Ukraine, following Gary Cahill’s withdrawal with a broken jaw on Sunday.
And Sharp believes the 29-year-old can be a revelation during the tournament, but only if he is allowed to get a string of games under his belt.
Everton’s fan liaison chief Sharp said: “I’d like to think he’ll play a big part.
“I think his performance against Norway was good. Since he’s come back into the Everton side, he’s been top-drawer.
“I think he just needs a chance at the top level, and by that I mean three or four games on the trot so he can build up his experience and get used to international football.”
Jagielka enjoyed a successful partnership with Joleon Lescott at the heart of the Blues defence before the latter joined Manchester City in 2009.
And it is understood Hodgson is toying with the idea of reuniting them, as doubts continue over the complete match fitness of John Terry.
Meanwhile, Portuguese striker Joao Silva has hinted he wants to leave Everton and play first team football in his native Portugal.
The 22-year-old, who signed for Everton in 2010, has been back on loan in his home-land since signing, and wants to return permanently after not making a single appearance for the Blues.
“Everton won’t make it easy to leave but it’s something that interests me,” he said. “Guimaraes is a club that I’ve always liked.
“I don’t know too much about it but I won’t dismiss the possibility.”
Silva has falling down the pecking order at Goodison after the signing of Apostolos Vellios, and last season’s addition on loan of Denis Stracqualursi.