Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones could break into the England squad at a time when he has caught the eye of Alan Shearer along with youthful teammate Rhys Williams, according to Kevin Phillips.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker hailed the 19-year-old for his “outstanding” performances this season.
Jones was a second-half substitute in Liverpool’s 7-0 demolition of Crystal Palace yesterday, having produced a Man of the Match display against Spurs in midweek.
In the absence of Thiago Alcantara, James Milner, and Naby Keita in recent weeks, Jurgen Klopp has entrusted the teenager in key Premier League and Champions League fixtures.
His 16 appearances across all competitions this season have yielded three goals and one assist.
When asked by Football Insider if Jones had a realistic chance of breaking into Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for next summer’s Euros, Phillips said:
“When you are playing for Liverpool and playing as well as he is, there is always a possibility.
“I have said all along that Gareth Southgate is not afraid to pick the youngsters and Jones is one of a number of fantastic young players England. He is part of England’s exciting future.
“He has been outstanding for them this season. Alan Shearer was raving to me about him and Rhys Williams and it speaks volumes for the players, the club and their development.
“If Jones continues to perform and plays regularly for Liverpool then he has every chance of breaking into that squad for next summer’s Euros.”