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Jagielka on track to be fully fit for opening matches

Phil Jagielka insists he will be fully fit for the World Cup.

Roy Hodgson, the England manager, has earmarked Jagielka and Gary Cahill as his first-choice centre-half pairing.

There were doubts about whether Jagielka would be available after he struggled to recover from a hamstring injury he suffered in February. The Everton defender was sidelined for two months towards the end of the campaign, but he returned for the final two matches and is now nearing full fitness. "I do not need to be 100% fit this week, it is more about building up and getting match practice before we go out to Miami. Hopefully I will time it perfectly."

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