Alan Shearer says John Stones had a nightmare for Everton last season

Former Blackburn Rovers player Alan Shearer introduced to the crowd ahead of the game

The Everton star came in for heavy criticism for his performances.

Former Blackburn Rovers player Alan Shearer introduced to the crowd ahead of the game

Speaking to the Mirror, Alan Shearer says Everton star John Stones had a nightmare in the last three to four months of this past season.

The Everton defender came in for heavy criticism over the last year as his defensive abilities were questioned as the Toffees struggled.

Everton's John Stones

He is a part of England’s squad for Euro 2016, although questions remain about whether he will be a starter at the tournament.

Many believe that he could be something of a liability against the top strikers in France and he should not start because of that.

And Shearer admits that he had a nightmare fat the business end of the campaign.

“When you look at centre halves in general, there’s a dearth of them,” he told the Mirror.

“We’ve got Cahill and Chris Smalling, but John Stones had a nightmare defensively for the last three or four months of the season.”

England's John Stones

It will certainly be interesting to see what central defensive partnership Three Lions coach Roy Hodgson elects to go with in France this summer.

Many are questioning Stones’ ability after a disappointing campaign, but his recent performances against Turkey and Australia showed they may be unfounded.

One key aspect could be his ability to play out from the back with the ball, which could be key to England’s hopes and may tempt Hodgson into starting him ahead of Chelsea's Gary Cahill.

England's John Stones

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