England manager Gareth Southgate says that Manchester United defender Phil Jones ‘seems fine’, despite limping out of the Three Lions’ goalless draw with Germany.
Speaking to the media after the game, as reported by Goal, Southgate confirmed that the injury was not as bad as first feared, but revealed the defender arrived at the England camp already carrying a knock.
I thought there were a few shaky moments in the first half. Mainly due to Phil carrying something. He seems fine, we’ve checked him out. It’s something he’s been carrying but he doesn’t seem to be any worse so that’s fine. We’ll see whether Phil stays with us.
The England boss was not willing to take any chances in the friendly, replacing the central defender after just 25 minutes.
Jones had started the game well, impressing in a back three made up of himself, John Stones and Leicester’s Harry Maguire.
The Three Lions may have gone behind if it wasn’t for a brilliant goal-line block from Jones to deny Manchester City’s Leroy Sane in the first half.
Jones is now unlikely to feature in Tuesday’s game against Brazil at Wembley as Southgate prepares for another tough match against one of the world’s best.