Jones targets England role

Phil Jones has an eye on becoming England's new centre-half ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Last Updated: 04/03/13 at 13:45 Post Comment

Phil Jones: The Manchester United man targets new England role

Phil Jones: The Manchester United man targets new England role

The versatile Manchester United star has been used as a midfield enforcer and at full-back by Sir Alex Ferguson since his £16million switch from Blackburn 18 months ago.

But with Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand holding down the central defensive positions at Old Trafford, the 21-year-old has set his sights on becoming Roy Hodgson's pick in the national set-up.

He told The Sunday Mirror: "I would love to think I could be England's centre-half. That's my target.

"It's hard to break into the team as a centre-half at United, with Ferdinand and Vidic playing so well.

"They're well ahead of me in terms of experience. But I have said all along that I enjoy playing at centre-back.

"I'd like to think I can squeeze myself back into the England squad. I have to keep performing well for United and see where that takes me.

"But I love putting the shirt on and playing for my country. There's no better honour."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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Reward At Last For Years Of Careful Planning

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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