Hodgson hints at England midfield future for Man Utd's Jones

England coach Roy Hodgson sees a World Cup midfield role for Manchester United defender Phil Jones.

England coach Roy Hodgson sees a World Cup midfield role for Manchester United defender Phil Jones.

He hinted at how he was moving towards the need for an aggressive ball-winner alongside skipper Steven Gerrard when asked about United’s game at White Hart Lane - which featured eight potential World Cup squad members.

“That was very good,” he said. “I was at the game and I was pleased to see them but of course they start and they’re under enormous competition for places.

“Chris Smalling will be under pressure from Rafael. Phil Jones will be under ­pressure from Fellaini. They’re all under pressure, really.”

 
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