Fabio Capello keen to let Tom Cleverley and Phil Jones shine
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Fabio Capello says Manchester United pair Phil Jones and Tom Cleverley they will get their chance to prove they can become England regulars.
Capello opted not to play the duo in the recent Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales.
But he said they would both feature in England's next two friendly matches.
However, his plan to play Cleverley in the match against Spain in November may be scuppered by the midfielder's suspected broken foot.
The 22-year-old will have a scan on Sunday following a tackle by Bolton's Kevin Davies in United's 5-0 win on Saturday.
Capello is likely to rely on his more experienced players to get England through to Euro 2012. They need to avoid defeat against Montenegro on 7 October to qualify as group winners.
After that match Capello will give youth a chance against Spain, and against the Netherlands, in a re-arranged friendly match early next year. The original match against the Dutch was postponed because of due to the rioting in London on 10 August.
"Good players don't have an age," he said. "The quality of these players is more important. They will play. Possibly in a really short time."
Capello compared the development of Jones and Cleverley to the progress made by Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere last season.
The Italian handed Wilshere his debut as a substitute against Hungary in August 2010, and did not make his full debut until February 2011 against Denmark.
"I remember Wilshere. When he started the season he was not OK. In November he was.
"If we qualify, it will be an important chance for these players to play. It will be different the next games we play. It will be interesting if the result will be good. The next games we play here will be against really fantastic teams like Spain and Holland."
Capello has also praised the early season form of Manchester United's Ashley Young. The 26-year-old scored twice in United's 8-2 thrashing of Arsenal as well as the winning goal for his country against Wales.
Young failed to win a place in Capello's World Cup squad last year, but his recent performances have pleased Capello.
"Ashley Young can play in both positions, as a second forward, behind Rooney or someone else, and also left wing.
"He has a lot of qualities. Technically he is good. He is fast. He has a good imagination. He scores goals. He shoots with his left or right.
"When you play for a really important team you have a lot of confidence. You improve, improve, improve.
"The quality of the players around you is higher and the pressure you play under in every game is normal."