Phil Jones Biography
Philip Anthony Jones is an English professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Manchester United and the English national team. Jones was born on 21st February 1992 in Preston, Lancashire and grew up in nearby Clayton-le-Woods. He attended Balshaw’s CE High School in Leyland, and played for the Ribble Wanderers under-10 team.
Phil Jones Career
Jones joined the Blackburn Rovers youth team in 2002. He then joined the senior team for the 2009–10 Premier League season, signing a two-year professional contract. He made his first-team debut for Blackburn after starting the League Cup match against Nottingham Forest on 22 September 2009, in which Blackburn won 1–0. Then in February 2010, he signed a new five-year contract that included a £16 million release clause. Jones made his first Premier League start for Blackburn against Chelsea on 21 March, just a month after turning 18. He was widely praised for his committed and assured performance at centre-back, making several crucial blocks and interceptions as Rovers held the champions to a 1–1 draw at Ewood Park. In the 2009–10 season, he made nine league appearances, and three cup appearances.
The 2010–11 season started in promising fashion with Jones starting in the opening match of the campaign against Everton, and subsequently playing the majority of the club’s matches in the first half of the season, albeit in an unfamiliar defensive midfield role. A torn knee cartilage injury in a match against West Ham United in December, threatened to rule him out for the remainder of the season. However, on 19 March 2011, he made his return from injury against Blackpool at Ewood Park coming on as a second-half substitute for Brett Emerton in a 2–2 draw. On 2 April 2011, Jones started a first-team match for the first time in four months against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, playing the full 90 minutes in a deserved 0–0 draw. Despite his injury, he played 26 league matches, and two cup matches for Blackburn that season.
Phil Jones Manchester United
Manchester United at the end of the 2010–11 season, were reportedly interested in signing Jones. Alex Ferguson was apparently impressed with Jones’ commitment and leadership skills at centre-back when Blackburn held United to a 1–1 draw on the day United clinched the 2010–11 title. On 13 June 2011, United confirmed that they had reached an agreement to sign Jones on a five-year deal for an undisclosed transfer fee believed to be at least £16.5 million; the deal would be finalised upon his return from international duty. He made his debut for the club on the 2011 pre-season tour to the USA, in United’s 3–1 victory over Chicago Fire.
Jones made his competitive debut for Manchester United as a second-half substitute, replacing Rio Ferdinand in the 2011 FA Community Shield against rivals Manchester City. United were 2–0 behind, but won 3–2. Jones made his league debut a week later, again as a substitute replacing Ferdinand, as United beat West Bromwich Albion 2–1 on the opening weekend. He made his full Premier League debut on 22 August 2011 against Tottenham Hostpur in a 3–0 victory at Old Trafford, playing the entire match alongside Jonny Evans. On 10 September 2011, Jones provided two assists for Wayne Rooney in United’s 5–0 thumping of Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium.
He played the entire match at right-back and created Rooney’s first goal after a quick throw in and pin point cross for Rooney to tap home. Then five minutes later, Jones embarked on a mazy dribble going past numerous Bolton defenders before his shot was blocked by the goalkeeper but followed up by Rooney. Jones started the away match to Liverpool as a box-to-box midfielder, different from his usual centre-back and full-back positions he was accustomed to.
Jones scored his first ever senior goal on 3 December 2011, in a 1–0 away win against Aston Villa. He arrived in the box from central midfield to meet a cross from Nani with a controlled side foot volley to score the match’s only goal. Jones scored a consolation goal against Basel in a 2–1 Champions League defeat that resulted in United being knocked out of the competition, heading in a loose ball after Federico Macheda’s shot had come back off the bar. On 21 December 2011, he suffered a facial injury in an away match against Fulham, however the X-ray showed no serious damage and Jones returned to action in the 3–2 defeat against Blackburn on 31 December.
After suffering a back problem and having a knee operation which kept him out for the start of the 2012–13 season, Jones made his first appearance in an away match against Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League on 20 November. He made his first Premier League appearance on 28 November 2012, replacing Anderson in the 84th minute of a 1–0 win at home to West Ham United. He scored his first goal of the 2013–14 season on 29 October in a 4–0 win against Norwich City in the League Cup. On 10 December, he scored the only goal of the match in a 1–0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in the final group-stage match of the UEFA Champions League, ensuring Manchester United finished top of the group.On 1 July 2015, Jones signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United.
Jones made his debut for the England under-19 team in the 3–1 win over Turkey on 17 November 2009. He appeared a further three times for the under-19s.On 4 August 2010, Jones was called up to the England under-21 squad. On 10 August, Jones won his first under-21 cap, starting for England against Uzbekistan. He was substituted in the 46th minute and was replaced by Liverpool’s Martin Kelly. He was selected for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Denmark and was made captain by manager Stuart Pearce for the final group stage match against the Czech Republic.
On 5 August 2011, he was called up to the England senior team for the friendly against the Netherlands by Fabio Capello, but did not end up playing as the match was cancelled four days later by the Football Association after riots in London. On 7 October 2011, Jones made his debut for the England senior team in a 2–2 draw against Montenegro in UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying. After the match, Capello said Jones was “born with talent”, and praised his performance.Jones was named in England’s UEFA Euro 2012 squad by Capello’s replacement Roy Hodgson. However, he did not make an appearance during the tournament.
On 12 May 2014, Jones was named in England’s 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Due to a shoulder injury, Hodgson took uncapped defender John Stones as standby for Jones, but he recovered before 2 June deadline. With England’s elimination likely, Jones was given a tournament debut as a starter in the final group match, helping the team to a clean sheet in a 0–0 draw with Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte.He was named in the 23-man England national team squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Phil Jones Number
He plays as number 4 and 16 respectively.
Phil Jones Current Teams
He plays as a defender for both Manchester United and England national football team.
Phil Jones Wife
He is married to Kaya Hall since 2017.
Phil Jones News
World Cup 2018: Phil Jones believes England line-up uncertainty is a sign of strength in depth
Updated On: 8th June 2018
Phil Jones believes the questions surrounding England’s line-up for their World Cup opener against Tunisia only exist because of the depth of talent at Gareth Southgate’s disposal.
Southgate gave those on the fringes of his starting line-up a chance to impress on Thursday by selecting a host of second-string players against Costa Rica at Elland Road.
Few players harmed their chances of winning a place in Volgograd on 18 June as England ran out comfortable 2-0 winners, with opening scorer Marcus Rashford particularly impressive.
Southgate now has decisions to make on places he claimed were “up for grabs” before Thursday’s win. Jones, who has hopes of forcing his way into the manager’s preferred back three, believes the uncertainty over England’s best XI is healthy.
“That is testament to how good the players are in the England set-up. It leaves you guys guessing and us guys guessing. That is good competition and that is what we need,” he said.
The Manchester United defender added: “Listen, everyone in the 23-man squad wants to play and they have done well enough this season to cement a starting place. But that is the manager’s decision and what will be.
“I am sure whoever will go out in the starting eleven on the 18th against Tunisia will go out and put on a good performance.”
Asked whether he prefers managers to keep their powder dry and name their teams late, Jones said: “Every manager is different – it does not bother me. Everybody prepares in the right way and wants to do well for one another. That’s what we do.”
Jones was playfully heckled from afar by his dad Mark while speaking to journalists outside Elland Road, which led the 26-year-old to pay tribute to his old man for all the support he has offered over the years.
Jones may need parental as well as career advice now though, after his wife Kaya Hall gave birth to a daughter, Alaria, last Thursday.
“Every morning it just gives you a different purpose in life. I know it sounds like a cliché but you don’t realise that until it happens,” he said of the new arrival.
Jones knows it will be difficult to travel to Russia and leave his young family behind, but he remains focused on his role with England and the task at hand.
“[Alaria] is great and my family will always come first but we have got a big tournament to prepare for and my family know all about that,” he said.
“My wife knows – they all know – that this is what I do, this is what I enjoy doing and this is the biggest tournament in the world. I will manage it – I will be fine.”
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