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Jones brushes off criticism from old colleague Scholes

Phil Jones is "not quite clever enough" to be a centre-back in Paul Scholes' opinion, not that the England international cares what his former Manchester United team-mate or anyone else thinks.

The 23-year-old was rather surprisingly deployed as right-back instead of Nathaniel Clyne in the Three Lions' friendly against the Republic of Ireland on Sunday.

Jones was solid enough in the 0-0 draw at the Aviva Stadium, although centre-back is the United defender's preferred position - a role Scholes believes he is "not quite clever enough to do".

The defender's former team-mate believes he gets dragged out of position too easily, and reckons his pace, power and crossing ability makes him more effective as a full-back.

"People comment all the time about individuals," Jones said when that was put to him.

"Gone are the days when I used to take notice of what people say and react to it. It doesn't bother me one little bit any more.

"I am at the stage now where I can't be considered as a young player. I have got to step up, play well and do what I do best."

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