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New United recruit like Baresi

Jones has performer ably whenever called upon. (©GettyImages)
Jones has performer ably whenever called upon. (©GettyImages).

England boss Fabio Capello says the versatile Phil Jones reminds him of Franco Baresi in his pomp.

The Italian boss played Jones in central midfield during England's friendly double-header against Spain and Sweden.

Previous appearances for Manchester United had seen Jones occupy roles at centre-back and full-back, as well as a central-midfield birth against Liverpool, and Capello is full of praise for the 19-year-old.

"It is difficult to find a player like Phil Jones, really difficult," Capello said.

"In my career I found probably only two.

"I'm talking about Franco Baresi at Milan and Fernando Hierro at Real Madrid. They were great players, who could play as a midfielder but also at centre-back.

"Phil can play in different positions but always at the top level. This shows what he has - he is a talent.

"What is so good about him and makes him such a big talent is that when he receives the ball he plays always without fear," he added.

"He makes good passes and finds good solutions - the best solution every time.

"I know something about football and the solution that he chooses every time when he receives the ball always the best. It is a talent."

Jones produced two impressive showings in England's friendly victories in the past week, and could provide Capello with a selection dilemma with Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere, who are both yet to feature for England since the resumption of the Barclays Premier League, likely to also be in the manager's thinking.

"I needed to experiment," Capello added. "I was not sure he [Jones] would be okay to play this position.

"I knew he can play in every other position but for me it was a really important test for him."

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