Jones has to play centre-back for Man Utd before England, says Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson has told new Manchester United boss David Moyes that he hopes to see Phil Jones playing more at centre-back this season.

The Daily Telegraph are also claiming that the Three Lions coach has told Jones he is a victim of his own versatility, but he needs to be playing regularly for United if he is to be held in contention for his favoured position.

In replacing Phil Jagielka in England’s 3-2 friendly win over Scotland on Wednesday Jones made just his second appearance in his favoured centre-back role for his country, despite having been capped eight times already. Unless the 21-year-old can force a way past Rio Ferdinand and club captain Nemanja Vidic his appearances in the centre of defence may remain just as rare.

The youngster was a mainstay at the heart of the Blackburn defence before he swapped Ewood Park for Old Trafford in summer 2011. However, Jones has struggled to cement himself as a stalwart at the back for United so far in his Red Devils career despite playing more than 60 games for the Premier League champions.

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