Jones aims for full pre-season
Manchester United’s Phil Jones is eager to take full part in pre-season, after being hampered by injury in recent off-seasons.
The versatile player is part of the England side that will face friendlies against Brazil and the Republic of Ireland next month.
After suffering an injury at the start of the 2012-13 season, Jones came back to play a key role as United claimed a 13th Premier League title and the 21-year-old wants to hit the ground running .
“I think I’ve only had one pre-season and that was in my first season here so it’s important I get a full pre-season under my belt,” Jones told Inside United.
“I need to get fitter and stronger and mentally prepare myself for what will be another tough season again.”
It was possible that Jones could have been selected for England’s Under-21 European Championship squad, as he is still eligible to appear.
He was part of the Under-21 side that lost 2-1 to the Czech Republic in 2011, as England were dumped out in the group stages.
“It was a great experience Under-21s and I loved every minute of it,” Jones added.
“It’s a fantastic tournament but we didn’t do too well in it. We still had some great players and hopefully they will go on and win it this year.”
Sat 25 May, 2013