Northern Ireland captain Aaron Hughes is predicting a glittering future for Jonny Evans with both country and club.

The two men could be paired together at the back against Slovenia in a World Cup qualifier providing the Manchester United defender shakes off a virus in time.

"There are a lot of good players in this squad but what gives someone the edge is temperament and composure. Jonny has that in abundance," Hughes said. "I am convinced he will be around for some time with both Northern Ireland and Manchester United."

He added: "He slotted into the team as though he'd playing alongside Rio Ferdinand for three or four years. That's the type of player he is.

"Jonny did a remarkable job against Spain considering it was his first senior international game and there was a great deal of pressure on him because we'd just been beaten by Iceland.

"He shows tremendous character and composure on the ball - I suppose that is something you would expect coming from Manchester United."

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