27/03/2009 15:16, Report by N Coppack, J Tuck
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Evans values education

United defender Jonny Evans may only be 21 but he's already being rated as one of the best British centre-backs around.

Reds team-mate Rio Ferdinand has tipped the Belfast boy to go on and captain Northern Ireland; Evans could earn his 16th international cap on Saturday when Nigel Worthington’s men welcome Poland to Windsor Park.

The youngster’s rise to prominence and ice-cool composure on the pitch has been well documented this season. His performances have even drawn the odd comparison to the senior members of the Reds’ rearguard, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

“I don’t like to compare myself to those guys,” Evans told

“I look at certain aspects of their game – Vidic is unbelievable in the air and competes for every ball, which is something I’d like to add to my game. Meanwhile, Rio is so composed: he makes things look easy, rarely does he look fazed in a game.

"People will always make comparisons, but I just try to concentrate on the things I’m good at."

Of Evans' 21 starts this season, nine have been as Rio's sidekick, nine alongside Vida and three with Gary Neville in the heart of the back four.

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Keen student

"There are no two better defenders in the world than the two we have here [Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic]. But I try to learn things from everyone."

– Jonny Evans

Evans in 2008/09

Appearances: 25 (21 starts, 4 sub)

Starts alongside...

Rio Ferdinand - 9
Nemanja Vidic - 9
Gary Neville - 3


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