Armed raid on mansion of Everton's Jagielka

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A Premiership footballer was confronted by knife-wielding burglars in a terrifying raid on his home, police said today.

Injured Everton star Phil Jagielka, 27, was watching his team on television when three men burst into the mansion in Knutsford, Cheshire.

The married star, a father of two, was threatened with a knife and forced to hand over jewellery and the keys to his Range Rover.

A spokeswoman for Cheshire Police said: "Three men gained entry to a house in Knutsford.

"The homeowner was threatened with a knife and forced to hand over jewellery and the keys to his Range Rover car.

"Fortunately nobody was hurt during the incident and the car was found abandoned a short distance away."

The robbery took place at around 8pm yesterday as Everton were playing Hull in the Carling Cup.

Jagielka is the latest in a growing list of footballers whose homes have been targeted by raiders.

Last month the Blackburn Rovers midfielder Vince Grella was also held at knife-point when thieves smashed their way into his home in Wilmslow, also Cheshire.

Other players to have been targeted in the past include Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and Tottenham striker Robbie Keane.