Jagielka hoping to establish himself as England's first-choice centre-back

With Rio Ferdinand and John Terry announcing their retirement from international football, the 30-year-old believes he can become a regular during the autumn World Cup qualifiers
Everton defender Phil Jagielka is hoping to cement his place as Roy Hodgson's first-choice centre-back ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Rio Ferdinand and John Terry recently announced their retirement from international football giving the Toffees defender a chance to impress Hodgson during the friendly double-header against Ireland and Brazil.

The Everton captain won the last of his 16 international caps last year's 1-1 draw against Poland, and is hoping to emerge as a leader if given the chance in the fixtures ahead.

"It is part and parcel of the role," Jagielka told The Guardian. "It is something I have to develop and have learned over the past five or six seasons at Everton. I am quite vocal on the pitch so it comes as a natural progression, if selected, to have that role.

"The first job is to get myself in the starting XI. If that is the case I will try to play the game similar to the way I do at Everton, which I have done for the last few games as captain. I have had to have that role for my club."

The 30-year-old insists he won't put too much pressure on himself if he does end up missing out to positional rivals Gary Cahill, Phil Jones or Joleon Lescott.

"Maybe I am putting too much pressure on myself if I look in the mirror and say: 'Best liven up'," he continued.

"I will come and play and if I get the opportunity I will play as well as I can.

"If he keeps me in the team I will be absolutely delighted and if I do not get the opportunity I will keep working hard and go from there. I am not going to put too much pressure on myself. I will take it as it comes and hopefully if you speak to me in a year's time I will have had a few more caps. And maybe I will be a little more arrogant."