Phil Jagielka urges Everton boys to play for pride

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The Toffees have very little to play for as the season draws to a close.

Quoted by the Liverpool Echo, Everton captain Phil Jagielka has reminded his team-mates that the season isn't over for them just because they have nothing tangible left to play for.

The Toffees were dumped out of the FA Cup semi-finals by Manchester United at Wembley 10 days ago in a defeat which will have hurt them, with Anthony Martial netting a last-minute winner.

But Roberto Martinez's side will be hurting because it has left them with very little to play for in the Premier League, with the Merseyside outfit 11th in the table with three games to go.

It is far too late in the day to make a dash for a European spot, while they are comfortably clear of the relegation zone, perhaps meaning that Everton's each of Everton's final three games are effectively dead rubbers - or so it seems on the face.

But the Blues skipper says there is no such thing as a meaningless game at Everton, urging his team-mates to remember that and play with pride until the campaign reaches its conclusion.

“We’ve got some young players in our squad but we’ve also got no shortage of experience and we all know that the last (few) games of the Premier League season are important,” said Jagielka," he said via the Liverpool Echo.

“And not just for the fact that every position in the table means more money for the club. There is pride at stake here. There is no such thing as a game that doesn’t matter when you play for this football club.

“Every time you pull that Royal Blue jersey over your head you are expected to give nothing less than 100% to try and win the game. That’s the way it has to be and believe me, the lads on the park will live up to that and try to deliver in these last four games.”

 

Everton will be the first side to face newly-crowned Premier League champions Leicester City, who host Martinez and co at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.

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