England manager Roy Hodgson has told Phil Jones that his best chance of breaking into the national team will come through playing in central defence, says Sky
The Manchester United man was selected for Hodgson’s first game in charge of England against Norway a year ago but hasn’t pulled on the Three Lions since.
The 21-year-old has played at full-back and in central midfield for the Premier League champions this season but Hodgson believes he is most likely to establish himself as a centre-back.
Hodgson said: “Sir Alex has used him in a couple of positions. I am under the impression – and I haven’t worked enough with him to be able to say definitively that this is what I think – that he is a centre-half .
“Quite frankly, his chances of establishing himself in the team are probably as great if not greater at centre-back than at full-back, because at full-back, on both sides, we have pretty stiff competition.”
The central defensive make-up of the England squad is currently progressing through a transitional phase after the international retirements of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry.
Jones will be keen to push himself back into Hodgson’s thoughts this summer, having impressed for United in his 24 appearances this season.
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