Phil Jones Tipped As England Captain
Manchester United centre half Phil Jones has been tipped by many experts as the future England captain. An accomplished and highly versatile defender with obvious leadership qualities, the former Blackburn Rovers hero has enjoyed an incredibly successful season so far both at club level and on the international stage.
Born in nearby Preston, Phil Jones made his first team debut for Blackburn Rovers in a narrow 1–0 victory over Nottingham Forest at City Ground in the Football League Cup in September 2009. And despite of his comparatively young age, the powerful and steady stopper developed into the cornerstone of the Blackburn defence in a time period of only twelve months. After making just 35 Premier League outings for The Blue and Whites, he was then purchased by Manchester United for a transfer fee somewhere in the region of £16.5 million at the beginning of the 2011-12 campaign. A very direct and wholehearted player, Phil Jones proceeded to make his senior international debut for the country of his birth in a 2–2 draw against Montenegro at the City Stadium in Podgorica back in October 2011. After having cemented himself in the England team, the Manchester United starlet is now ready for the 2012 European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.