Micah Richards backs much-maligned Manchester United star Phil Jones on Twitter

Micah Richards

The Fiorentina loanee feels for Jones after his England criticism.

As England stepped out to face Italy in Turin last night there was one inclusion that really did get heads scratched. Manchester United star Phil Jones, who has been impressive in the heart of defence for club and country recently, was playing in the holding midfield role.

The move seemed odd from Roy Hodgson and the decision had plenty of critics on Twitter, Facebook and the like.

In the end Jones did not cover himself in glory. He was skinned in the build-to Italy's opening goal by Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini - who then delivered the cross for Graziano Pelle to score.

But while many felt he looked out of sorts in holding mid, one fellow player has come out to defend him. Manchester City outcast Micah Richards is himself currently playing in Italy with Fiorentina.

But he backed Jones, despite the Manchester rivalry he should feel for the player. He Tweeted today:

In the end Jones reverted to type. Chris Smalling, a fellow Manchester United player, was replaced by another when Michael Carrick came on after the defender had left the pitch with dizziness.

Jones looked far more comfortable at the heart of defence and, hopefully, this is the last we see of him in holding midfield - despite the defence from a Manchester City player.

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