David Moyes has hailed Everton's Phil Jagielka as one of the best "three or four" defenders in England.
After making a full recovery from the cruciate injury he sustained two years ago, Jagielka has now established himself as a member of Fabio Capello's England squad.
The 28-year-old is also one of the rocks at the heart of Everton's impressive rearguard, and was a major reason why the Toffeemen came so close to keeping Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United out at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Javier Hernandez eventually breached Everton's defences six minutes from time to secure a win that leaves Sir Alex Ferguson's men within touching distance of completing a record 19th championship triumph.
However, Moyes did not feel that cast Jagielka in a negative light as one of the stand-out performers in a largely impressive backs-to-the-wall display.
"You saw again that Jagielka is a very good defender," said Moyes. "He has great recovery. He is athletic and at grounds like Old Trafford, where Manchester United are quick to make through passes, he is able to cope with it. He is in the top three or four centre-halves in England - and England have some good centre-halves."