Phil Jones, who reportedly joined Manchester United yesterday afternoon, is currently in Denmark with his England U-21 team mates. His departure was delayed after taking part in a medical with the club.

Jones has talked about the strengths of his game and the qualities needed to be a top defender.

“Defending isn’t just about tackling and heading, it’s also about getting the ball down and playing. Starting the attack from the back,” he said. “Getting forward is a natural part of my game. I like to step in and take the strikers out of the game. If you have that in your game and can do it well, it’s only going to benefit the team as well.”

Jones still lives at home with his parents and is a very grounded lad. He claims that when his mates show him stories about him in the paper he ignores the fuss.

“My mates pick up the paper on a Saturday morning and will say to me, ‘Oh, you’re in the paper again’ – but it just goes in one ear and out the other,” he continued. “I just concentrate on my football. Compliments are nice and I appreciate it but I just focus on improving myself as a player.”

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