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Phil Jones feels he has been an "easy target" for Internet trolls

Sun 19 September 2021 | 11:02

The former England international Phil Jones has always been one of the targets of Internet trolls, but he acknowledged that he is mentally strong enough to not be abused.

I must be an easy target

," Jones has told The Times.

"Every footballer has a tag and unfortunately, mine is, ‘Let’s have a laugh at him

.’

“When my career finishes and I’m enjoying my life - and by the way I’m fortunate that I’ll be able to do that - the keyboard warriors will still be in their mum’s spare bedroom, sipping Pepsi that’s flat, eating a Pot Noodle, sitting in their boxers, tweeting.”

Jones went on to explain the impact of Internet trolls: "

In this society we’re living in at the minute, all the racism and stuff that affects mental health - I’d just say be careful. You don’t know how it’s going to affect players: physically, mentally, emotionally.

“We always go back to the same point: ‘Oh they’re footballers, they should be able to deal with it, they get so much money, have this lavish lifestyle.’ Take all that away, strip all that back and we’re just human beings.

“Listen, my problems are not bigger than the problems someone has to deal with in an office, I know that, but they are problems. Footballers have problems like anybody else, and maybe me talking can help players.”

Jones has joined Manchester United from Blackburn in 2011 and has made more than 200 appearances for the Red Devils.

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