Manchester United starlet Phil Jones has admitted that he is unsure he can live up to the lofty expectations predicted of him by Sir Alex Ferguson, according to The Sun.
The versatile midfielder was lauded as having the potential to go on to achieve brilliant things with the Red Devils by his former boss, but has stated that at this moment in time he may be lucky to break into the England squad!
The 21-year-old, who has been highly praised for his defensive efficiency during United's famous win over Arsenal at the weekend, told sources that although he was proud of having been highlighted by Ferguson, he would have to work extremely hard to deserve even half the recognition of some of the former stars to wear the red shirt of the club.
"It was very flattering and unexpected — particularly coming from someone like that and when you think of all the great players this club has had," Jones said.
"It’s something I won’t forget. I’d love to live up to it, of course I would.
"But if I can be half as good as some of the great players from this club’s history, do half the things some of those guys did, then I’ll be able to say at the end of my career that I’ve had a good one."
However the youngster did go on to admit that it was anyone's guess as to whether or not he would be able to secure a spot on the England plane that will travel to Brazil next season.
“England? There’s a lot of competition. Some top centre-halves, midfielders.
“It’s going to be difficult for me to push my way into the team. But, hopefully, I can force my way on to the plane."