Vital Football

Latest Blackburn Rovers News

No Jones in the England squad

No Jones in the England squad

Whilst I am fully aware there is loads of time for Phil Jones to make headway into the English national set up I can't help but feel a tinge of disappointment at the exclusion of the Rovers man from the full squad to face France in the upcoming friendly.

After being initially included in the provisional squad Jones was later dropped when the crunch came to pass in favour of Manchester United's Chris Smalling.

If there was ever any doubts over the bias afforded by the national set up to the so called 'big' clubs the decision to favour Smalling over Jonesy makes it clear.

Capello has always said he would pick players based on form so his decision to pick a player who has played two games for the Red Devils over a player who has excelled in two positions for his club,is an ever present in the starting line up and is bang in form is contradictory to say the least.

Some may argue this will benefit Rovers as it takes attention away from the boy tipped as the new John Terry and keeps him out of the spotlight and ultimately lessens the chance of him being on the vultures radars but I can't help think this is a chance missed to test whether Jones is ready for that step up to international level.

It is a match against France which will amount to a kick about friendly with little significance and the opportunity to blood other youngsters such as the impressive Jordan Henderson is being taken - why not our boy?

What don't we know about Rio Ferdinand? Why pick him when we are all fully aware of what he can offer? Similarly Gareth Barry.

Aren't friendlies supposed to be for finding new stuff out?

For more proof of the daftness of this decision please have a look a little lower down the squad list and see the inclusion of sometimes quality, often lazy, former Rover Jay Bothroyd.

Chance missed, big time.

Join The Vital Debate



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Mikey Delap
Date:Monday November 15 2010
Time: 8:46AM

Comments

0
Bit gutted I'll be honest...
Mikey Delap
15/11/2010 09:17:00
0
Yeah, obviously Smalling has shown more in his two appearances for United than Jones has in a feckload for Blackburn...god I hate Capello.
bernio3000
15/11/2010 09:25:00
0
sad, but this is why England are terrible (just stirring things up before the ashes)
retroflair31
15/11/2010 09:39:00
0
Not too bothered really, meas he can stay fit and ready for Rovers next game, Would be gutted if he played for England and got injured
glen9mullan
15/11/2010 11:02:00
0
I'm with glen but for different reasons. An England call up puts him squarely on the map, hastening his rovers exit. Disappointed for the lad all the same.
Durks
16/11/2010 00:02:00
0
Don't worry about it - he's one for the future.
FreidelNo.1
16/11/2010 13:46:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackburn Rovers Articles

Vital View - Middlesbrough 1-1 Blackburn

A win was denied Blackburn, which would have made it three successive defeats for Middlesbrough, by an equaliser from striker David Nugent 11-minutes from time.

Stats: Middlesbrough v Blackburn

All the stats from Middlesbrough (1) vs (1) Blackburn, Riverside Stadium, 6/2/16 Att: 26,244

Blackburn Fifth Round Tie On TV

Blackburn Rovers' hosting of West Ham United or Liverpool in the fifth round of the FA Cup has been selected for the live screening treatment.

Good Luck JR

Hopefully this luck and goals a plenty to help Middlesbrough to promotion into the Premier League will began after Blackburn Rovers go to The Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon!!

Archived Vital Blackburn Articles

Vital Blackburn articles from

Site Journalists

Walker
Profile
VitalRovers
Profile
Mikey Delap
Profile
Sasman!
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Middlesbrough MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Steele2%
Marshall0%
Ward15%
Hanley0%
Spurr0%
Lenihan0%
Evans0%
Akpan0%
Jordi Gomez61%
Graham7%
Watt15%
Sub - Jackson0%
Sub - Bennett0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Hull City 29 17 5 7 56 26
2 Middlesbrough 28 17 5 6 56 23
3 Burnley 30 15 10 5 55 22
4 Brighton 29 14 11 4 53 9
5 Derby County 30 13 12 5 51 14
6 Sheff Wed 30 13 11 6 50 12
7 Ipswich 30 13 9 8 48 2
8 Birmingham 30 13 8 9 47 8
9 Cardiff 30 11 12 7 45 5
10 Forest 30 10 12 8 42 6
11 Wolves 30 10 10 10 40 -1
12 Brentford 30 11 7 12 40 -2
13 Q.P.R. 30 9 12 9 39 1
14 Preston 30 9 12 9 39 -1
15 Reading 30 9 9 12 36 0
16 Leeds Utd 30 8 12 10 36 -5
17 Huddersfield 30 8 8 14 32 -4
18 Blackburn 28 6 13 9 31 0
19 Fulham 29 6 11 12 29 -5
20 Bristol City 30 6 10 14 28 -22
21 MK Dons 29 7 6 16 27 -18
22 Rotherham 30 7 4 19 25 -19
23 Bolton 30 4 12 14 24 -21
24 Charlton 30 5 9 16 24 -30
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Blackburn Rovers Fixtures (view all)

Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Hull City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 16 2016 7:45PM : Fulham (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 23 2016 7:45PM : Derby County (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Milton Keynes Dons (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Middlesbrough (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 5 2016 12:30PM : Burnley (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Recent Blackburn Rovers Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Walker11
2.@roverseas6
3.dallydally2