5 interceptions, 93.9% pass-accuracy: Everton star superb on England duty

England's John Stones

England defeated Turkey 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

England's John Stones

Everton defender John Stones had a superb game for England as Roy Hodgson’s side began their European Championship preparations with a narrow 2-1 win over a decent Turkey side.

The Three Lions are looking to make an impact this summer in France and the Football Association has opted to hand the nation some tricky friendlies in order to arrive at the tournament in the best shape.

Turkey are certainly a top side in Europe, and they provided a stern test at the Etihad Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy will no doubt receive the plaudits for their goals, yet arguably England’s outstanding players were left-back Danny Rose and Everton’s Stones.

  Aerial Duels WonInterceptionsClearancesTouchesAccurate PassesPass-accuracyMins Played
John Stones 3 5 7 65 52 93.9% 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, Stones was an influential figure throughout as he put in a solid defensive display and contributed in a number of key areas.

The 21-year-old centre-back lined up alongside Chelsea’s Gary Cahill and posted an impressive three aerial duels won, five interceptions and seven effective clearances over the course of the 90 minutes.

In possession he kept things simple and distributed the ball superbly, racking up a 93.9% accuracy rate.

The Toffees defender has had to endure plenty of criticism over the last few months in regards to Everton’s loss of form and his struggles at the back, yet against Turkey he was calm and assured throughout.

There is no doubt a top quality defender in there, and Roy Hodgson this summer should be imploring the former Barnsley man to keep things simple and let his natural talent shine through.

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