Everton defender John Stones has told FourFourTwo about the crazy experience of making his full England debut at the age of just 17-years-old.
Stones misses the start of England’s under-21 European Championship campaign with concussion, as reported by the Guardian, but is determined to have an impact for his country moving forward.
“Yeah, it was crazy. I mean when I got the call off Roy Hodgson. I was 19 and I think I made my debut two days after my birthday. So it was crazy. A crazy year,” he said.
“I think, without being arrogant or anything about it, I’d love to set the mark and try and be as good as them and hopefully do well for England. I’ve got to do that at Everton first to get picked.”
Everton’s defence must improve
Stones’s immediate priority, as he tells FourFourTwo, should be to play out of his skin at club level.
Everton’s defence last season left a lot to be desired and it’s an area which Roberto Martinez will be keen to improve when the Premier League action returns.
Only two teams that finished ahead of Everton in the table last season conceded more goals over the course of the year.
Stones needs to deal with club challenges
Stones needs to be consistent at club level and deal with a variety of challenges next season.
Strikers won’t try and beat him in a foot race because he’s extremely quick over the first five to ten yards, but they will test him in different ways next season.
Some will look to sit on him and bully him, while others will test his discipline and try to pull him out of position.
If he plays well for Everton, Roy Hodgson should notice and hopefully give him a chance to impress during the international breaks over the first half of next season.