Martin Keown shares reason why he thinks Everton star John Stones is lucky

John Stones

Martin Keown thinks Everton defender John Stones is lucky to be in the England squad.

Pundit and former defender Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that he feels Everton star John Stones is lucky to be in the England squad.

On Thursday, England boss Roy Hodgson named his 24-man squad for friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands at the end of the month, and the usual names of Joe Hart, Gary Cahill, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane are all included.

There were also call-ups for the likes of Danny Rose and Danny Drinkwater, whilst Everton centre back John Stones is also in the squad despite having a tough couple of months.

The 21-year-old centre back has suffered with injury and a loss of form recently, and whilst we all know what a great player he can be, this is by fair the most difficult period of Stones' Everton career.

Now, former Everton defender Martin Keown - who made 43 appearances for England - has offered his opinion on Stones' current situation.

Keown has told the Daily Mail that he isn't sure that Stones ultimately deserves to be in the England squad considering his recent struggled, and even called the former Barnsley youngster 'lucky' to be selected by Hodgson.

"I do feel John Stones is lucky to be in the squad," said Keown. "Since the end of January he has barely featured. I know he has been injured but since he’s been available he has not played too much football. We know he’s a talent, though, and ultimately that’s why Roy has picked him," he added.

Hodgson has also named Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling and Phil Jagielka in his squad, meaning there will be plenty of competition for places at centre back - and Stones will need to prove his worth for Everton and for England to be considered as a first-choice option for Euro 2016.

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