Steven Gerrard has told the Telegraph that Everton defender John Stones still needs to prove that he can be trusted to cut the errors out of his game, before being a certainty for England’s EURO 2016 squad.
Stones had a wonderful breakthrough season last year, where he became a key part of the Toffees’ defence.
However, the youngster’s form has dipped this term, and some of the weaknesses in his game have been exposed.
Stones has been guilty of gifting oppostions sides chances, and his latest performances for England against Holland was heavily criticised.
Stones was partly at fault for the first goal that the Three Lions conceded in a 2-1 defeat to Danny Blind’s side, and Gerrard says that the Everton defender still has something to prove if he is to make it into Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad which travels to France.
"I want to see if John Stones can be trusted enough to cut out the kind of mistake we saw against Holland or if this tournament has come too soon for him," the Liverpool legend said.
Stones’ confidence appears to have been visibly affected by his struggles of late.
The composed defender has not only struggled at international level, but he has also dropped out of Everton’s first-choice line-up.
Roberto Martinez has favoured Ramiro Funes Mori and Phil Jagielka in recent weeks, meaning that Stones faces a fight to win his place back for both club and country.