Zero tackles made: England's John Stones disappointed against Holland, fans agree

Everton’s John Stones struggled as England lost 2-1 to Holland.

Everton defender John Stones had an evening to forget as he put in a largely disappointing performance during England’s narrow 2-1 defeat to Holland at Wembley Stadium.

After the Three Lions came from behind to record a wonderful 3-2 win over Germany last week, many picked out the defence as a slight weakness and an area to improve, especially in possession.

Former Barnsley man Stones is widely regarded as England’s best centre-back on the ball, with his ability so often demonstrated with the Toffees under the guidance of Spanish boss Roberto Martinez.

Calls for the Everton defender to be included in England’s starting eleven for the visit of Holland were loud and clear, yet at the full-time whistle doubts certainly outweighed the positives.

  TacklesInterceptionsEffective ClearancesAerial Duels WonPass-accuracyKey Passes
John Stones 0 2 2 1 94% 2

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the talented defender illustrated what a good player he is on the ball yet showed clear weaknesses in his defending out of possession.

He failed to record a single tackle over the 90 minutes, while two interceptions, two effective clearances and one aerial duel winner was all he had to show for defensive contributions.

While Stones’ ability on the ball can’t be questioned, there appears to be naivety about his play and that was evident in the second-half when his slip led to an eventual Holland penalty.

Most defenders, in that situation, would have passed the ball back to the goalkeeper yet Stones unnecessarily tried to bring the ball out under pressure, causing his own mistake.

Writing on Twitter after the game, a number of England fans weren’t impressed by the 21-year-old’s defending with some suggesting he shouldn’t be in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad this summer.

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