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Philip Anthony "Phil" Jones (born 21 February 1992) is an English footballer who plays for Premier League club Blackburn Roversand the England Under-21 national team as a defender. Jones is expected to join Manchester United after playing in the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship for England, following the completion of a deal believed to be worth £17 million in June 2011.
Born in Preston, Lancashire, Jones joined Blackburn Rovers youth team in 2002. He joined the senior team for the 2009–10 Premier League season, signing a two-year professional contract, and was given the squad number 28. He made his first team debut for Blackburn after starting the League Cup game against Nottingham Forest on 22 September 2009, in which Blackburn won 1–0.
Jones made his first Premier League start for Blackburn against Chelsea on 21 March 2010, in a 1–1 draw at Ewood Park. Jones signed a new five-year contract with Blackburn Rovers on 4 May 2010. Jones started the 2010–11 season in midfield, becoming a regular member of the first XI before he sustained a knee injury in a game against West Ham United in December 2010, predicted to keep him from playing for five months. On 15 February 2011, six days before his 19th birthday, Jones added a one-year extension to his existing contract taking him up to the summer of 2016.
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