Jimmy Bullard goes against the grain, says Everton defender John Stones man-of-the-match v Holland

The former Wigan Athletic and Fulham midfielder was very impressed with Stones' against the Netherlands.

England took on the Netherlands last night at Wembley and were sent crashing to earth with a 2-1 defeat against the Dutch.

After the game there was plenty of talk over who excelled and who struggled in the game – with the majority suggesting the Everton defender John Stones was part of the latter.

His slip led to the penalty with which the Netherlands scored the opening goal – the first goal England have conceded with Stones on the pitch in his international career.

His casual play had the typically nervous English football fraternity in a fit but one former Premier League star was less panicky.

Jimmy Bullard, who received three separate call-ups for England in his career but never earned an international cap for his country, was tweeting throughout the game last night.

He praised the Everton man’s display and suggested that Stones was in fact the man-of-the-match in the game:

Stones may have had his wobble once again but his class on the ball make him an intriguing option for both England and Everton.

Some people see it as unnecessary risk-taking, others as a sign of the Everton star’s ability.

Bullard clearly subscribes to the latter school of thought, and believes others should follow suit.

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