Jones backed for England recall

14 December 2016 06:51:32 EST

Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United defender Phil Jones is playing well enough to earn an England recall.

It has been over a year since the former Blackburn Rovers star made the last of his 20 international appearances and he has struggled with a series of injuries for much of 2016.

The 24-year-old returned to action last month in the 3-1 victory at Swansea City and has gone on to feature in six more matches since, impressing in Sunday's 1-0 win against Tottenham at Old Trafford.

Mourinho said: "Jones is doing this season much better than in the previous two seasons and he's giving hope to everyone that he can be back to normality.

"And who knows? He can be back in the national team, he can be a firm choice at Manchester United, because he's doing very well."

Jones has benefited from Chris Smalling's injury absence and has formed a solid central defensive partnership with Marcos Rojo.

Jones has featured in 109 Premier League matches for United since moving to Old Trafford from Blackburn in a £16.5million deal in the summer of 2011.

United face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday and can be backed at 6/5 to keep a clean sheet against Alan Pardew's side. They are 7/2 to win the match by a two-goal margin and 6/1 to score a penalty in the encounter.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan will almost certainly miss the match after he was stretchered off the pitch on Sunday with an ankle injury while Antonio Valencia is suspended.

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