UK time is: 23:04:31
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

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




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



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

The Journalist

Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 15 2010

Time: 8:46AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Bit gutted I'll be honest...
Mikey Delap
Report Abuse
15/11/2010 09:17:00

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
Report Abuse
15/11/2010 09:25:00

sad, but this is why England are terrible (just stirring things up before the ashes)
retroflair31
Report Abuse
15/11/2010 09:39:00

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
Report Abuse
15/11/2010 11:02:00

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
Report Abuse
16/11/2010 00:02:00

Don't worry about it - he's one for the future.
FreidelNo.1
Report Abuse
16/11/2010 13:46:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Blackburn Rovers Articles

Duffy's Rovers Season Over (Monday March 2 2015)

Bowyer: The Players Were Spot On (Monday March 2 2015)

Bournemouth 0-0 Blackburn (Champ) (Sunday March 1 2015)

Stats: Bournemouth v Blackburn (Saturday February 28 2015)

Rovers Preview: AFC Bournemouth (A) (Saturday February 28 2015)

Bournemouth v Blackburn (Team News) (Friday February 27 2015)

No Cherry Picking For King (Thursday February 26 2015)

Jason Does Enough To Steele It (Thursday February 26 2015)

Archived Blackburn Rovers Articles

List All Vital Blackburn Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
8. Wolves 34 16 9 9 7 57
9. Forest 34 13 11 10 8 50
10. Sheff Wed 34 11 13 10 -2 46
11. Blackburn 34 11 12 11 -1 45
12. Charlton 34 9 15 10 -6 42
13. Birmingham 34 10 12 12 -11 42
14. Huddersfield 34 11 9 14 -12 42

Breaking League News

REPORT: Charlton Athletic 3-0 Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield : 02/03/2015 21:55:00
Gary Caldwell - Thanks Skipper
Wigan : 02/03/2015 21:29:00
Charlton v Nottingham Forest (Team News)
Charlton : 02/03/2015 19:06:00
LUFC Can Leeds bounce back against tractor boys?
Leeds Utd : 02/03/2015 19:06:00
LUFC Brown in charge of Ipswich clash
Leeds Utd : 02/03/2015 19:04:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Bournemouth MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Steele 100%
Henley 0%
Baptiste 0%
Kilgallon 0%
Olsson 0%
Taylor 0%
Spearing 0%
Evans 0%
Conway 0%
Marshall 0%
Gestede 0%
Sub - Rhodes 0%
Sub - Williamson 0%
Sub - Cairney 0%