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Phil Jagielka: 'We are prepared for Europa League challenge'

Phil Jagielka is certain that Everton manager Robert Martinez has made sure the team are ready for the challenge of playing in the Europa League.

Everton captain Phil Jagielka has insisted that the club are prepared for the challenge of playing in the Europa League this season.

The Toffees begin their campaign against Group H rivals Wolfsburg on Thursday night, and Jagielka is confident that Roberto Martinez can juggle his side's commitments to ensure the team's Premier League form does not suffer.

"We don't fear any sort of burn-out because we have full confidence in Roberto," the England international told reporters. "We put a lot of faith in the manager picking the right team, using the squad as well as he can.

"The manager knew we were in the competition before the season started and has brought enough players in, and the right type of players, to deal with it.

"If you can keep the squad to 25, and we are preparing for European football every season, it makes the manager's job easier and it proves we can deal with the extra games."

Everton have not played in the competition since the 2009-10 season.


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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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