John Stones the only Englishman who could play for Barcelona, says Owen

The Everton defender has come in for criticism this season.

Everton defender John Stones is the only player in the England squad who could play for Barcelona, Michael Owen has told BT Sport.

The youngster has emerged as one of the brightest prospects in Europe this season with a series of impressive performances in the Blues defence.

This season has seen him come in for criticism though; with some suggesting he is not good enough defensively to be the star many have predicted he will be.

That came into sharp focus last week as a mistake against the Netherlands led to Danny Rose conceding a penalty in the Three Lions’ 2-1 loss.

Owen though, has hit back at his critics, saying Stones is the only English player who play in Barcelona’s current star studded line up.

“The best team in the world at present, I think, is Barcelona,” he told BT Sport.

“Out of the England team, he could play for Barcelona. He is probably the only player now that could go into that Barca team now and play.”

John Stones is certainly a hot topic in English football at present as the opinion of him splits down the middle.

There is no denying his ability though and should he be able to learn from his so called mistakes this season, both Everton and England will have a top defender on their hands.

For he must simply prove himself to Roy Hodgson in Everton’s remaining games this season, with a place in England’s starting line up very much up for grabs.

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch