Everton defender John Stones should have started against Iceland

England's John Stones

England were dumped out of Euro 2016 yesterday.

England's John StonesEngland's John Stones

Last night saw England suffer a humiliating exit from the European Championships at the hands of an Iceland side who, as inept as England were, played the perfect game and thoroughly deserved their win and place in the quarter finals.

Many questions were posed after the game, but many Everton fans will be wondering why John Stones was not playing in this fixture.

Everton's John StonesEverton's John Stones

The central-defender has struggled for form throughout the 2015-16 season, but has always performed well for England.

Last night saw Gary Cahill attempting to run the ball from defence as Iceland sat off in two banks of four. The Chelsea player showed his game extends to one dimension.

England's Gary Cahill looks dejectedEngland's Gary Cahill looks dejected

Everton’s Stones may not be the best defender out there but in this game England would have done better to defend by attacking. Stones could have been the ball playing defender they needed in this game to counter the robust nature of Iceland’s defensive strategy.

The Everton star could have added an extra man in to midfield throughout the game, but instead England played right into the hands of Iceland – who seemed to know exactly what Roy Hodgson would be doing from start to finish.

England's John Stones in actionEngland's John Stones in action

For all his critics Stones has that little bit extra you need from a central defender if your team is going to conquer at the international stage.

Everton fans know he has his moments, but also know his class. It might have shone through last night.

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