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Capello: Jones like Baresi

November 17, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

England manager Fabio Capello has likened youngster Phil Jones to Italy legend Franco Baresi.

Phil Jones
GettyImagesPhil Jones impressed for England in central midfield against Sweden

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Jones, 19, earned his third senior cap for England on Tuesday night as he was deployed in midfield in the Three Lions' 1-0 friendly international win over Sweden.

The Manchester United player impressed at Wembley and is considered a strong contender to make Capello's squad for next summer's Euro 2012 tournament.

And Capello has hailed Jones' talent, in particular his versatility after seeing him play at right-back, centre-back and in central midfield this season.

The Italian said: "It is difficult to find a player like him, really difficult. He can play in different positions always at the top level. I found in my career probably two players - Franco Baresi and Fernando Hierro. They played as midfielders and after they played centre-back. I think really good players.

"Jones is a talent. So young but a big talent because when he receives the ball he plays always without fear. Good passes, good solutions. I know something about football and the solution that he chooses every time when he receives the ball always the best.

"It was really important to see him play in front of the back-four because if Parker will not be fit I will have a solution. I am not sure it will be OK to play this position. He can play every other position but for me it was really important test for him."