Matt Le Tissier tell John Stones critics to remember Rio Ferdinand

John Stones

Everton and England defender John Stones has come in for some criticism this season.

Critics of Everton defender John Stones should remember how Rio Ferdinand performed at his age, Matt Le Tissier told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday.

The young defender, 21, has emerged as one of the top defensive prospects in Europe over the last three years with a series of impressive performances for both club and country.

This season, however, has seen Stones come in for criticism, with many believing he isn’t good enough defensively to be first choice for either club or country.

Stones was heavily criticised this week in particular following a slip against the Netherlands that led to Danny Rose conceding a penalty in England's 2-1 loss at Wembley.

Le Tissier, however, has urged his critics to remember that Rio Ferdinand wasn't the perfect footballer when he was 21 years of age.

“All of those criticising John Stones need to remember one thing,” he told Soccer Saturday.

“At this age, Rio Ferdinand was very similar in the way that he played the game and he didn’t go on to become too bad did he?” Ferdinand went on to be capped 81 times by England, winning 17 major honours at club level.


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