Glenn Hoddle urges critics to lay off Everton defender John Stones

The centre back has come in for criticism following his display for England against the Netherlands.

Former England manager has urged critics to lay off Everton defender John Stones instead of crucifying him, in comments to BT Sport.

The young star was handed his chance to impress for the Three Lions this week as he started in the centre of defence alongside Chris Smalling.

He started well, with an impressive pass from the back setting up England to open the scoring through Jamie Vardy.

A crucial slip later on though led to Danny Rose conceding a penalty as the Dutch went on to win the game, leading to widespread criticism for Stones once again.

Hoddle though, has urged his critics to lay off as England could end up missing out on a special talent if he is constantly criticised.

“I think he needs to get back into his club side and play to get his confidence back,” he told BT Sport.

“I see him as long-term. We’ll miss out if we crucify him for everything he does because he’s a footballing centre half.”

“There are loads of them out there who aren’t footballing centre halves and they don’t get picked out when they make mistakes.”

England and Everton certainly need to be careful with Stones given the undoubted talent he has.

There is no denying he could be a top defender in the years to come, and more importantly for England, he is the only centre back they have who is comfortable playing the ball out from the back.

The constant criticism coming his way of late though threatens to ruin his development and his detractors may be wise to think ahead, as Hoddle suggests.

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