England v Chile: Phil Jones prepared to keep his body on the line for Manchester United and England - even if it means getting hurt

The Manchester United defender could be handed another chance to impress in Friday's international friendly at Wembley

Phil Jones is happy to continue putting his body on the line for club and country if it will help make sure there are no more tears from schoolboys when they watch England at the World Cup next summer.

The versatile Manchester United 21-year-old could be given a chance to impress in his preferred centre-back position as England manager Roy Hodgson runs the rule over the national squad in the upcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany at Wembley.

Jones produced another dogged display when dropping back from a holding midfield role when Nemanja Vidic was injured against Arsenal on Sunday at Old Trafford, where United held out for a 1-0 win over the Barclays Premier League leaders.

The former Blackburn trainee was sporting a war wound from his tussle with France striker Olivier Giroud when he turned up for England training at the Gunners' Hertfordshire base on Wednesday.

It is a side of his game from which Jones draws great strength.

"I probably do get a few bumps and bruises, but that is just the way I play. I am not going to change that," said Jones, whose stray boot was responsible for a head wound to United and England team-mate Wayne Rooney in a training session earlier this season.

"It is just the way I play, I want to be strong and aggressive in attack and defence, it just so happens I pick up a few knocks now and again.

"I have always been like that, as a kid I used to get cuts and grazes on my knees from falling over in the playground, I did my ankles and all sorts in Sunday league football, but I enjoyed it and don't mind."

Jones will not be taking his World Cup dream lightly as he looks to make sure the young fans back home have plenty of reasons to party next summer.

"I always enjoyed watching the World Cup, and I remember going into primary school when we would get the drums out for the atmosphere because you have got to get into it, haven't you?" Jones said.

"I loved watching all the flags. Then at Euro 2000, when we lost, I remember being in tears."

Jones, signed by United for £16.5million in June 2011, insists the current generation do care about pulling on the Three Lions.

"Playing for England is a huge honour. Anytime you are picked for your country, it is a great feeling because there are so many world-class players who can be," he said.

"For me, it is still everything, and I think if you ask all the players, it will be the same."

Jones has eight caps so far, but limited opportunities at centre-back. He hopes that will change with time.

"I see it as an advantage if you can play in numerous positions because it can only help you," he added.

"Since I broke into Blackburn's first team, centre-back has always been the target, hopefully I can do that, but I am just really focused on playing and enjoying my football."

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee