Ex-Blade backs Jack’s call-up

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EVERTON midfielder Jack Rodwell’s first call-up to the senior England squad is reward for his fantastic form this season, according to teammate and former Sheffield United man Phil Jagielka.

The 20-year-old has been selected to be in the party for friendlies against Spain and Sweden.

Jagielka, whom Rodwell will join in the national set-up, said the midfielder has made a noticeable improvement this season.

“With Mikel Arteta leaving and us being short of numbers in the middle it was time for Jack to step up and he’s been fantastic,” Jagielka enthused.

“He was unfortunate with the red card against Liverpool but other than that he has been up there with our players of the season so far.”