London: England manager Fabio Capello has signalled the beginning of the end of Rio Ferdinand’s international career, and asked Mancheter United manager Sir Alex Ferguson to fast-forward the grooming of his successor, Phil Jones.
Capello has hailed Jones, United’s 16 million pound signing from Blackburn, as the fresh face of England’s future, and urged Ferguson to give him more first-team games to help prepare him for a regular role in his country’s back four, the Daily Express reports.
“Jones is a talent like Wilshere. He is a player who can play really well at every level. Against Tottenham (last Monday) he had the confidence. He was saying, ‘Give me the ball, give me the ball’. It is not easy to find a player so young with such big confidence,” Capello said.
“He has not played with the international team, but he is the future. He is the absolute future,” he added.