England's Phil Jones says players are united ahead of Spain friendly

By Phil McNultyChief football writer

Phil Jones insists England's squad remains united ahead of Saturday's Wembley friendly against Spain, despite the controversy surrounding captain John Terry.

Terry is the subject of Metropolitan Police and FA investigations over an alleged racist remark made to QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

But Manchester United defender Jones said: "We have gone out to training and he's our captain. I'm happy to be here.

"This is definitely a united squad."

The 19-year-old added: "He's a great leader, great player, everything's fine. I've not felt anything at all."

England coach Fabio Capello has named Terry in his squad for the friendlies against Spain and Sweden, although he is unlikely to start against the world and European champions.

Jones looks almost certain to earn his second cap against the Spaniards and has already been earmarked by Capello as a future England captain following the Italian's departure after Euro 2012 next summer.

He said: "When I was growing up I just wanted to play at the highest level I could play at, and wherever that takes me so be it, but for the manager to say that is a brilliant feeling. I just have to keep performing for club and country and hopefully I can get there one day."

Jones is now regarded as a serious threat to Rio Ferdinand for both club and country, but he praised the veteran defender's willingness to offer advice.

"Rio has been brilliant with me," he said. "We still have the same banter in training.

"He is still a fantastic player and will continue to be a fantastic player - so no issues."

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