David Moyes believes that Phil Jagielka couldn't be more deserving of a spot in England's line up for Euro 2012, with the Everton manager praising the top centre back for his commitment to receiving a call-up over the season.
Jagielka was a last minute call up to the Three Lions squad, after Gareth Barry pulled out of the tournament with an abdominal injury.
And as the 29 year old joined the England fold this week, Moyes felt he well and truly earned his place after a successful season with Everton.
"I am really pleased for Jags," he told Sky Sports. "I said earlier I was disappointed he was only on the standby list because I thought he would bring something different.
"I think the way he performed in the second half of last season merited a call-up to the original squad, so I'm delighted he's in there at last."
Moyes went so far as to claim that Jagielka could be a game changer at the Euros, with England desperately in need of some inspiration as they go into the tournament with Germany and Spain currently overwhelming favourites to win.
"When I look at some of England's best displays, they have all come when Jags has been involved," he explained.
"He most certainly deserves to be in and around international company and it's great for him that he can now look forward to the Euros.
"When I had him and Joleon at Everton I felt I had the next England centre-back partnership on my hands - and I still see them as such."
England will be hoping that Jagielka is at his best when the side take on France, Sweden and the Ukraine in the group stages. The opening match for the Three Lions is on Monday June 11.