Capello likens Man Utd defender Jones to Baresi and Hierro

England manager Fabio Capello believes that Manchester United teenager Phil Jones has the potential to be as good as Franco Baresi, The Independent reports.

Jones has been picked in midfield by the Italian for England’s recent friendlies with Spain and Sweden and Capello has given his honest assessment of the potential that the 19 year old has. The Manchester United man signed on at Old Trafford in the summer and has seen his career move quickly where he is now a regular in both the United and England squads.

Capello said that he had only ever seen two players like Jones in his life and was delighted that he had the 19 year old’s talent at his disposal.

‘I have found in my career probably two players (of Jones’ type). It was Franco Baresi and Fernando Hierro. They played as midfielders after they played centre-back. They were really good players. He (Jones) can play in different positions and always at the top level. He is a big talent because when he receives the ball, he plays always without fear’, Capello said.

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