Phil Jones feared his World Cup dream was over after suffering a nasty-looking shoulder injury during Manchester United’s penultimate game of the season.
The England international collided with Maynor Figueroa in the first half of last month’s 3-1 win over Hull City and was sent straight to hospital. Although scans proved he had not suffered a dislocation or fracture, he was still a doubt for the trip to Brazil.
“Once I did it, I thought I might not have a chance, but thankfully it healed quickly and I'm feeling fit, ready and I'm so looking forward to it,” Jones told TheFA.com on Wednesday.
“The World Cup was the first thing that came into my mind when I did it. I remember getting the scan, thinking 'it might knock my chance'. Thankfully, it's healed nicely and I'm able to be a part of what's going to hopefully be a successful tournament.”
Jones made his comeback during England’s friendly against Ecuador before registering more minutes in the following stalemate with Honduras. Now fully fit, attention turns to the Three Lions’ Group D opener against Italy and the 22-year-old feels ready for action.
“It was nice to get a start, it was a great game, competitive, and it was great getting 90 minutes under my belt. It's been great, the lads were all really keen and excited to get out here and, now we're here, there's a real belief and buzz about the place.
“It's building up to the first crucial game of the tournament. There has been a lot of work that has gone in behind the scenes which most people don't see. Everyone is