Smalling or Stones: Who should partner Cahill for England at Euro 2016?

Chris Smalling v John Stones: Head to Head: : 20160525

Which one of the Everton and Manchester United stars should partner the Chelsea man for England?

Chris Smalling v John Stones: Head to Head: : 20160525

With Euro 2016 on the horizon, England have a number of selection issues to resolve before their first game in France.

After a strong Premier League campaign, there are a number of players in Roy Hodgson’s squad currently all vying for a starting place.

One of the major decisions that has to be made is at centre back, with the manager having only elected to take three centre backs to the tournament.

Everton's John StonesEverton's John Stones

Many believe that Chris Smalling and John Stones should be the pairing, but Chelsea defender Gary Cahill looks likely to take one place.

Should that happen, it will be interesting to see which one of Smalling and Stones will take the other place.

Neither have had fantastic seasons, so how did the two players compare this season? We decided to take a look.

  TeamWon Tackle per GameInterception Won per GameBall Recoveries per GameDuel Won per GameOutfielder Blocks per GamePoss Won Def 3rd per GameUnsuccessful Touches per GameAccurate Pass per GameAppearances
Chris Smalling Man Utd 1.11 2.77 5.54 5.8 0.54 2.94 0.29 36.11 35
John Stones Everton 1.09 1.7 5.45 4.45 1.03 3.7 0.27 42.09 33

And as it transpires, it was a dead heat, as both players came out on top in four areas apiece.

Defensively, the Manchester United defender was better, as he came out on top in regards to tackles won per game, interceptions won per game, defensive duels won per game and ball recoveries per game.

Crystal Palace's Connor Wickham in action with Manchester United's Chris SmallingCrystal Palace's Connor Wickham in action with Manchester United's Chris Smalling

Stones though, managed more blocks per game and slightly fewer unsuccessful touches per game. He was also a better passer, registering more accurate passes per game than the United star.

 

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