Man Utd defender Phil Jones included in England squad

By Simon AustinBBC Sport
Phil Jones
Phil Jones moved to Man Utd for £17m

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has been included in England's provisional 30-man squad for the friendly with Holland next Wednesday.

Jones, 19, moved from Blackburn to United for £17m in June, having played only one season in the Premier League.

There is still no place in the squad for former captain David Beckham, despite his impressive recent performances for LA Galaxy.

Manager Fabio Capello is due to reduce the squad to 23 players this weekend.

The provisional squad is not formally announced. The Football Association simply call all the players included, and their clubs, to ensure they are available for England duty.

Capello has decided that now is not the right time for major changes to the squad, as the domestic season has not even started.

However, he was highly impressed by Jones' performances for at the recent Under-21 European Championships and has decided he merited inclusion in the provisional squad for the seniors.

Capello and England's general manager Franco Baldini have been busy watching England hopefuls in action during pre-season.

Capello will watch striker Andy Carroll in action for Liverpool against Valencia on Saturday, while Baldini will attend the Everton v Villarreal game at Goodison Park.

England play European Championship qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales next month.