Manchester United defender Phil Jones is adamant that the England squad remains united ahead of the Wembley friendly against Spain, despite the controversy surrounding captain John Terry, as Paddy Power announce a free bets offer on the the weekend football.
Jones looks set to earn his second cap against the Spaniards and has already been earmarked by boss Fabio Capello as a future England skipper.
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But current captain Terry is at the centre of a police and FA investigation over an alleged racist remark made to QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.
And Three Lions starlet Jones told the BBC: “We have gone out to training and he’s our captain. I’m happy to be here. This is definitely a united squad.
“He’s a great leader, great player, everything’s fine. I’ve not felt anything at all.”
England chief Capello has named Terry in his squad for the friendlies against Spain and Sweden, although it is thought that the Italian will keep the Chelsea man out of the firing line against the World Cup winners.
Meanwhile, Three Lions No.1 Joe Hart has backed Man City team-mate Gareth Barry as the right man to captain the team against the world and European champions at Wembley on Saturday in the expected absence of Terry.
Terry’s Chelsea pal Frank Lampard was expected to be handed the armband but he is no longer a guaranteed starter.
And when asked if Barry would be an ideal captain, Hart said: “Gareth’s the man, simple as that; someone I look up to. If you spoke to anyone who knew the guy, they would say the same.
“He does as you should and leads by example, no messing around; a very good performer every week, who never moans. Not a lot seems to go wrong for him, so he is always the guy you can look to.”
It promises to be a fascinating encounter at the famous old stadium and it will be interesting to see who gets the nod.