England need to start John Stones for Euro 2016, says Glenn Hoddle

John Stones

The former midfielder believes the Everton man will bring out the best in England's attacking talents.

England need to start Everton defender John Stones at Euro 2016 as he is the only one who can play the ball out from the back, Glenn Hoddle has told the Daily Mail.

The young defender has emerged as one of the brightest young defenders in Europe over the last three years, with a series of impressive performances in the Toffees defence.

This season has seen him come in for criticism though, with many believing he needs to develop the defensive side of his game considerably.

Despite that he is still expected to be a part of England’s squad for Euro 2016, and Hoddle believes he should start as he will allow the flair players to flourish.

“For so long England have suffered with centre-halves who can’t really play that well out of defence,” he told the Daily Mail.

“Stones represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to break that mould. If we want to do well at Euro 2016, then we need to have our best technical players on the ball.

“That’s not going to happen if we don’t have a ball-playing centre-half. If we don’t put Stones in the team there would be an argument for accepting our limitations, playing it long and starting with Andy Carroll and Jamie Vardy up front.”

This season has certainly been a tough one for Stones, who has come under pressure at Goodison Park as his side have struggled.

There is no denying his quality on the ball, though, and the effect that can have on the team, with him often being the starting point of Everton attacks when in the side.

Whether Roy Hodgson is willing to take the risk on him ahead of more experienced heads such as Gary Cahill remains to be seen.

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