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Moyes backs Jagielka for Euro place

PHIL Jagielka’s time out through injury will help rather than hinder his chances of making England’s Euro 2012 squad, according to Everton boss David Moyes.

Jagielka has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place at Goodison Park after seeing John Heitinga and Sylvain Distin form an effective partnership during his eight-week injury lay-off.

The former Sheffield United defender performed solidly at Norwich yesterday, despite

Everton conceding two goals to draw 2-2 at Carrow Road.

The 29-year-old set up Nikica Jelavic for his first of two goals in Norfolk, but he knows time is running out to persuade the new England boss – whoever that may be – that he merits a place in the Three Lions squad for the Euros.

Centre-back is one of the few positions in which England are blessed with talent, but Moyes thinks Jagielka’s freshness can see him usurp Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Gary Cahill.

“If you are looking at people who could be ready (for the Euros), he would be fresh because he missed eight weeks in the middle (of the season),” Moyes said. “There should be no sort of tiredness with Jagielka.”

Yesterday’s draw, which came after equalisers from Jonny Howson and Grant Holt, denied Everton their third successive Premier League win – a sequence they have not managed in more than two years.