Goodison Park boss believes his defender should already be starting for England and tips him for future honour.
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Everton manager David Moyes sees defender Phil Jagielka as an England captain in-waiting and believes should be starting against Wales on Saturday.
The 28-year-old is in the squad for the Wales and Ghana internationals but injuries over the last few years have restricted him to just six caps.
But Rio Ferdinand is sidelined with a calf problem leaving Jagielka an opportunity to stake a claim for a permanaent place in Fabio Capello’s XI.
Moyes believes he deserves the chance and feels he can be the country’s main centre-back for years to come.
“Jags has to be the one who says ‘I want to overhaul [John] Terry and the others’,” he said.
“Sometimes he suffers from self-doubt but he should be looking at himself being a future Everton captain.
“We know he needs to improve a lot of things if he is going to get right to the very top, but overall I think he is excellent.”