West Brom defender Billy Jones will let his football do the talking as support for the full-back’s England credentials gathers pace.
Jones’ growing army of Hawthorns admirers rate him one of the most improved English players in the Premier League and worthy of an opportunity under Roy Hodgson – his old Albion boss and the man who gave him his top-flight chance.
The Shrewsbury-born 26-year-old is one of only 60-odd English-qualified players to regularly start in the Premier League who has Liverpool’s Glen Johnson – currently injured – and Tottenham’s Kyle Walker ahead of him in the England set up.
“I’ve always said playing in the Premier League and playing well in the Premier League as an Englishman, people are going to talk about playing for England,” he said.
“All I’m concentrating on is playing well in the Premier League for Albion and ho efully that will bring us wins, more points. As for England – the right-backs at the moment are top class. They prove that week in, week out.
“It’s nice to hear. It gives you confidence. I feel more like a Premier League player now than I ever have done.
“I’ve learnt from mistakes I’ve made – tried to avoid them. I try to defend well now first and foremost. Keep clean sheets and try to assist goals.
“It’s been a long road and it’s been hard graft.”
I've always believed I was worthy of a chance. I always said I was grateful West Brom gave me a chance.
“With the amount of games I've played I now feel I'm a Premier League player. I just want to keep showing that and prove it.”
Jones will be backing Hodgson and England in tonight’s Montengro World Cup qualifier but is more focused on club fortunes he accepts have been transformed by the transfer deadline day dealings and the landmark victory at Manchester United.
He added: “We're all buzzing. It was great to see players coming in of such quality.
“Before the United game, the gaffer said we only took four points from the top four last season and he wanted us to improve that.
“We showed that belief against United and Arsenal. We, as a team, believe we can get something even when others outside don't.
“We've done that twice and we know we can do it again if we keep that belief. We've shown we can handle those teams. But we have the belief to cause upsets.”