"Chris has shown that you can go in there and play games for United," Jones said of Smalling, who joined the Barclays Premier League champions a year ago.
"He has done extremely well.
"The gaffer has shown he is not afraid to put young faces in the team. When I get the chance I am confident I will take it."
The teenager is also unflustered about facing the famous Ferguson 'hairdryer', adding: "I'm ready for that."
Jones and Smalling's performances were one of few bright spots for England U21 in Denmark during the past 10 days and the pair look set to be a long-term partnership for both club and country.
Jones said: "Chris is a fantastic player. I enjoy playing with him and we complement each other well.
"Hopefully, we can do that in the future."