Jones earns England call
Man United youngster Phil Jones has been included in the England squad to face Bulgaria and Wales.
Last Updated: 28/08/11 10:00pm
Manchester United youngster Phil Jones was handed his first call-up to the England senior squad, while club-mates Tom Cleverley and Chris Smalling have also been included for the forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales.
Nineteen- year-old Jones, who starred in Sunday's 8-2 annihilation of Arsenal at Old Trafford, was part of Fabio Capello's provisional squad for the friendly with Holland that was postponed earlier in August, but did not make the final cut.
However, along with fellow Red Devils youngsters Smalling and Cleverley, Jones has made it this time, helped by the absence of Rio Ferdinand, who has not played since injuring his hamstring at West Brom a fortnight ago.
Jones is part of a five-strong United presence, which would almost certainly have been bigger still had Danny Welbeck not been ruled out by a hamstring injury he suffered after opening the scoring in Sunday's game.
The teenager has caught the eye since moving to Old Trafford from Blackburn, where old boss Sam Allardyce once described him as the best young player he had ever worked with.
Yet Smalling, who was a non-playing member of Capello's squad for the November friendly defeat by France and Cleverley, who was called up for the Holland game following the withdrawal of Jack Wilshere and Michael Carrick through injury, have been only marginally less impressive.
Club-mates Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young were always likely to be selected.
Indeed, Manchester's growing position as the powerbase of English football is emphasised by the addition of six members of the Manchester City squad that crushed Tottenham in equally emphatic style at White Hart Lane.
In total, there are six changes from the Holland game, with Darren Bent and Jermain Defoe recalled, plus Arsenal's Theo Walcott, who was critical of Capello's management style in his recently-published autobiography.
Amongst those to miss out are Peter Crouch, who is set to join Stoke this week, and Kyle Walker, who has been overtaken by Smalling for the right-back role.
Squad in full
Hart, Green, Stockdale; A Cole, Cahill, Terry, Baines. Jagielka, Smalling, Jones, Richards, Lescott; Downing, Barry, Johnson, Milner, Lampard, Cleverley, A Young, Parker, Walcott; Bent, Carroll, Rooney, Defoe.