International: Manchester United and England defender Phil Jones refuses to change
Manchester United and England defender Phil Jones is refusing to change his all-action style of play.
Last Updated: 14/11/13 10:57am
The 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 into defence when Nemanja Vidic was injured during the 1-0 Premier League home win over Arsenal on Sunday, and the 21-year-old turned up for England training with a cut head from his tussle with France striker Olivier Giroud.
Jones said: "I probably do get a few bumps and bruises, but that is just the way I play. I am not going to change that.
"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 has eight England caps so far but has had limited opportunities at centre-back but 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.
"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.
"For me, it is still everything, and I think if you ask all the players, it will be the same."