Phil Neville blasts absolutely scandalous John Stones criticism

England's John Stones

The Everton defender has come in for stern criticism this past season.

England's John Stones

In comments quoted by the Mirror, former Everton defender Phil Neville has blasted those criticising John Stones, saying it has been absolutely scandalous.

The Everton star endured a difficult campaign, coming in for criticism from fans and pundits alike who believe he is not good enough defensively.

Despite that he is part of the England squad that will travel to Euro 2016 this summer, although it is unknown whether he will be a starter in the team.

Everton's John Stones

Some believe he should not be as he could prove to be something of a liability in the side against the world-class strikers at the tournament.

Neville has hit out at those detractors though, saying that some of the criticism of the young star has been absolutely scandalous.

“He has been heavily criticised and a lot of it has been absolutely scandalous and personal – it’s as if we are trying to destroy the kid,” the Mirror quotes him as saying. 

“They say you should defend, first and foremost. But Stones can defend and he can also play football. This kid is going to go right to the very top and instead of ­killing him we need to back him.”

England's John Stones

There is no denying that the criticism of Stones has been over the top this past season.

Many claim he has committed several defensive errors, but a look back at his campaign will show that to be far from the case.

England’s friendly wins over Turkey and Australia showed him at his best and Euro 2016 could be the perfect chance for him to prove his doubters wrong.

England's John Stones

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