Jones dreams of England captaincy

Manchester United wonderkid Phil Jones admits he would love to have to chance to captain the England national team in the future.

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Jones has enjoyed a rapid rise since making his debut for Blackburn 2009, with his performances earning him a reported £16.5million-move to Manchester United this summer.

Since then, he has slotted seamlessly into the Red Devils first team, filling in across defence and even in midfield, convincing England coach Fabio Capello to hand him his first cap against Montenegro back in October.

Having been earmarked as a future England captain, Jones admits he is only thinking about playing well for club and country at the moment, but would not pass up such an opportunity should it arise in the future.

"It's nice to hear people talking about me being England captain one day," Jones said on United's official website.

"But I need to keep my feet on the ground and firstly play well for Manchester United. If I do that, then I'll keep getting the chance to play for England.

"If I could captain England one day then I think that would be the pinnacle of the career."

Jones captained the England U-21 side in their final match of this summer's U-21 European Championship, and his robust and confident style of play has also led many to compare him to the legendary Duncan Edwards, something which Jones admits inspires him.

"It's incredible to be compared with Duncan Edwards," Jones added. "He played for United and England well before my time of course, but I knew about him when I was growing up.

"Even to be mentioned in the same sentence as him is a huge honour.

"It inspires me to go on and become a better player. It makes me want to work even harder in training."

Jones has already gone on to play three times for England, and his performances have led to many calling for his inclusion in England's squad for next summer's Euro 2012.

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