Philip Anthony Jones is an English footballer who plays as a centre back and also on either side in the defence. He is a versatile player and can play in a number of positions including fulfilling the role of a holding midfielder sometimes.
Jones was born on 21 February 1992 in Preston, England and represented England at various levels. He has been hailed as a great talent by many as he is a strong player who is so comfortable with the ball and can apply that raw power which can change the course of the game.
Jones attended his high school in Leyland and started his football journey in 2000 with a local club Ribble Wanderers' U10 team at the age of eight. He spent two years at the Wanderers and joined the youth team of Blackburn Rovers in 2002.
He learned the basics and fine tuned his techniques while spending seven years at the club and in the 2009-10 Premier League season signed a two year professional contract with the Rovers joining the senior team.
He made his debut for the club against Nottingham Forest in September 2009 in a 1-0 win. In November 2009, he was included in the England U19 team and made 4 appearances for his country at the level.
In February 2010 aged just 18 years, he signed a new 5 year contract which included a 16 million pound release clause. He made a total of 20 appearances including 3 cup and 9 league appearances in his debut season for the club.
He was included in the England U21 team and made his debut on 10 August 2010 against Uzbekistan in a 2-0 win at Ashton Gate. He made 9 appearances at the U21 level and impressed many with his skills.
Jones made his international debut for England in a 2012 UEFA Euro Qualifier match against Montenegro which ended in a 2-2 draw.
In May 2014, he was named in the England squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Jones played his first match against Costa Rica which ended in a 0-0 draw. He has since then made 24 appearances for the country.
Jones made 29 appearances for the Rovers in the 2010-11 season and was praised for his crucial interceptions and blocks.
In June 2011, Manchester United signed Jones for a five year contract which marked the further rise of Jones. He made his United debut against Manchester City in the 2011 FA Community Shield match.
He made 42 appearances for Manchester United while scoring 2 goals including one in the Premier League and one in the Champions League and also provided 4 assists in his debut season.
In the 2012-13 season, he made 24 appearances while providing assists and won the English Super Cup with Manchester United. He has made 188 appearances for the club and scored 5 goals while also providing 9 assists.
He became the English Champion in 2013 and again won the English Super Cup in 2014 with Manchester United.
In the 2015-16 season, he became the U21 Premier League Champion with the Manchester U23 team and won the English FA Cup in 2016.
In the 2016-17 season, he became the Europa League winner and also won the English League Cup.