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John Stones Worth A Shot - Gary Lineker

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Will the Everton centre half be the surprise inclusion in Roy's squad?

Paul Thomas

We are just 4 days away from Roy Hodgson naming his 30 man squad for the World Cup. That will of course be cut down to 23 players closer to the World Cup, the 23 selected from the 30 man squad will make up England's final World Cup squad.

Recently England have been hit with the injury bug and now it seems that Phil Jones may be a doubt, thanks to a shoulder injury he sustained against Hull on Tuesday. So that poses the question, who will we take as cover at centre back?

Former England striker and captain Gary Lineker thinks we should take a chance on young Evertonian John Stones. The young 19 year old has been a revelation at the back for Everton this year, with his commanding performances ensuring Everton finish in 5th place, which is a fantastic achievement.

Speaking about Stones, Lineker said:

"The one I might take a chance on because we are short in central defence is Stones. I really like him and he has got a lot about him," said Lineker.

"Sometimes central defenders need a little bit more experience than players in other positions because of the extra discipline and the nature of that particular role.

"But is he worth a gamble? Well, if Roy loses another one - if Jones doesn't make it for example - then what else have we got?"

I say why not? If we are really rewarding players for form this season, why would we not give a place to one of the most consistent England centre backs. A centre back playing for a top 6 side week in and week out. Should it really matter that he is just 19?

Lets be perfectly honest, it's likely that Cahill and Jagielka will play every game for England at the World Cup. However if one of them were to be injured, would we really feel more comfortable turning to the likes of Caulker? who's side have just been relegated, or Chris Smalling, who's battled inconsistent form on a underachieving Manchester United side. I would be all for giving Stones a chance.

He's 6'2, with a bit of pace and power. He's still growing into the game but personally, I think he reads the game very well. He plays it simple but he's good with the ball at his feet. He's also 19, get him some experience so in four years time we're not saying, he's good but he's only 23 with no international experience.