English Defender Phil Nikodem Jagielka was born 17 August 1982 in Sale. In 2007 he joined his current club Everton after an eight year spell at Sheffield United. Early years were spent training with Stoke City, Everton & Manchester City before he joined the Sheffield United youth programme at age 15. On 5 May 2000 he made his first team debut for the Blades in their final league match. A permanent contract followed and he went on to establish himself in the team over the next few years.
Soon his ability was attracting attention from bigger Premier League Clubs and Sheffield United had to fight to keep him at the club. He went on to make over 250 appearances for the blades, scoring 18 goals in the process. Jagielka was more than handy in goal and manager Neil Warnock often chose to leave out a goalkeeping substitute as he knew Jagielka was more than capable of stepping up to the role if anything was to happen to the starting keeper.
The move to Everton was completed in July, 2007 after Sheffield United was relegated from the Premier League. He signed a 5 year contract worth £4 million and established himself as first choice centre back during the 2008/09 season. At the close of the season Jagielka was named Everton Player of the Season.
Jagielka has represented England at both U-21 and Senior level. One of the most versatile players around, capable of playing in midfield, defence and in goal Phil Jagielka has become a regular part of the Toffees starting line up.