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Jagielka delighted by Three Lions call.

Byline: PHIL JAGIELKA

PHIL JAGIELKA admits he was frustrated at having initially missed out on the 23-man England squad for the European Championships - and is relishing the chance to link up again with Joleon Lescott.

The 29-year-old has replaced the injured Gareth Barry in Roy Hodgson''s group for Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

"I was obviously a little bit frustrated and disappointed not to be in the original 23 but the manager was very honest and straight up with me," Jagielka said.

"He said 'Would you come and join up and be on standby and play a part in the Norway game and if anything does happen you'll be the one going to the Euros?'.

"As it is, I got to play 90 minutes for my country which was fantastic and a few days later I managed to make the 23."

On his former Everton combination with Lescott, Jagielka added: "Me and Jole have known each other for about 10 years now back to youth level for England.

"We're a similar age, we played a lot together at Everton.

"He got himself a fantastic move to Man City and has won a Premier League medal this season.

"His career's gone on to fantastic things and I think I've done okay for myself.

"It's always nice to have a familiar face next to you, especially at international football because the standard's so high."

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 30, 2012
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