Roberto Martinez: 'Phil Jagielka is not guaranteed a starting spot'

Martinez: 'No guarantees for Jagielka'
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Roberto Martinez claims that Phil Jagielka is not guaranteed a place in the Everton team this season.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has told club captain Phil Jagielka that he is not guaranteed a place in the team.

Jagielka has been a regular in the centre of defence since moving to Goodison Park in 2007, but Martinez claims that the 32-year-old is under the same pressure as everyone else in the squad, despite his exploits for England at the World Cup.

"I think everyone knows being captain is a massive role," the Spaniard told reporters. "You need to look after the rest of the players but it doesn't guarantee you anything in that respect.

"Phil will be a very important player for us but no-one has playing guaranteed, that's for sure.

"With Phil, like any player who comes from the World Cup, you are, of course, going to need a period to get back to your best."

Everton continue their search for a first win of the season against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon.

Everton's Spanish manager Roberto Martinez reacts to Leicester City's second equalising goal during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on August 16, 2014
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