Micah Richards has tipped Phil Jones to be a future star of England, with the Manchester City defender insisting the 19-year-old will have what it takes to fulfill one of football’s most high pressure roles.
Jones made nine appearances for the England Under 21 side, and if he plays this weekend against Montenegro, it will be his first showing for the senior national team.
And Richards can’t praise the Manchester United summer signing enough, saying that he could be exactly what England needs to move up to the next level in international football.
"Phil Jones is going to be England captain one day," Richards told The Guardian.
"He's got everything: pace, reads the game well, is good on the ball. He's at the right club as well because Sir Alex Ferguson promotes young players."
Richards also sighted Chris Smalling as a top future talent for England, with the side hoping for a draw on Friday night to qualify for the Euro 2012 tournament in Ukraine.
"People always say there aren't many right-backs," he explained.
"But Chris Smalling is doing a good job for Manchester United. I rate Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker's been doing very well.”
Jones and Smalling will return to the United camp next week to prepare to face Liverpool in a tough away fixture at Anfield.
The Red Devils will be hoping for a win to cement their place at the top of the Barclays Premier League table, but Richards' City side are piling the pressure on in second place.