'I've got to step up' - Phil Jones happy to shrug off Scholes criticism

The Manchester United legend said the defender is "not quite clever enough" to play as a centre-back, but the 25-year-old is taking no notice
Phil Jones has shrugged off critcism from former Manchester United team-mate Paul Scholes after England's bore draw with Republic of Ireland.

Jones was chosen to start at right-back in the goalless draw in Dublin on Sunday, rather than in his preferred position in the centre of defence.

Scholes, working as a pundit for ITV, suggested prior to the game that the United defender is "not quite clever enough" to play as a centre-back.

"I just think at centre-back, when he [Jones] is playing against clever forwards, he tends to get dragged out of position quite easily," Scholes added.

Jones insisted he pays no attention to criticism after the game.

"People comment all the time about individuals," he said.

"Gone are the days when I used to take notice of what people say and react to it. It doesn't bother me one little bit any more.

"I am at the stage now where I can't be considered as a young player any more. I have got to step up, keep playing well and do what I do best."

Jones played in a midfield role against Italy in March's 1-1 friendly draw, but reverted to full-back on Sunday and is happy to play any position for his country.

He added: "I have played in all three [positions] now and sometimes it can be difficult going from one position to the next, but I feel more comfortable at right-back.

"Obviously centre-back is where I want to be playing, but I was happy to play at right-back [against Ireland].

"You just take it on the chin and play where you are asked to play. I know I can play in those positions."