Roy Hodgson has urged England's Phil Jones to establish himself in Old Trafford role
Phil Jones has been challenged by Roy Hodgson to win a regular place in the Manchester United defence, as the 21-year-old aims to establish himself in the England squad.
Jones was introduced as a second-half substitute by Hodgson during Wednesday’s victory over Scotland at Wembley.
And after being used in both defence and midfield during his short career so far, Hodgson believes Jones needs to find a more permanent role for both club and country.
The England Manager said: "Phil has been a victim of his own versatility.
"We think he is a very fine player. We like him very much.”
And Hodgson believes that central defence will be Jones’ most natural role, if he can force himself into the line-up at Old Trafford.
"If he is going to knock Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill off their perch he is going to have to perform in the Premier League,” added Hodgson.
"I haven't had an awful lot of chance to see him there."
Next up for England is their World Cup Qualifier against Moldova at Wembley on 6 September. They also have two matches coming up at home in October against group rivals Montenegro and Poland. For ticket details visit www.TheFA.com/Tickets