Roy Hodgson has confirmed that the young Evertonian defender will make his first start tomorrow. Aged just 20 years old, Stones started to make a name for himself towards the end of last season and will be given the chance to prove his international credentials when he lines up against Norway tomorrow.
Stones has represented England at the U19, U20 and U21 level and will not make his first senior start. John came through the ranks at Barnsley before making the jump to Everton in 2013. After working in the reserves, Stones broke through and made 22 appearances during the 2013 season.
He was then named in as a back-up for Hodgson's World Cup squad and was unlucky not to make the plane. I'm always wary of building up young players before they have had time to develop. Aged just 20 years old, Stones was rewarded for his good form last season with a new 5 year contract that will keep him at Everton until 2019.
Hodgson confirmed he'll be looking to the youth:
"This is a team that contains interesting young talent with enormous potential," said Hodgson. "There will be one or two that wouldn't have played many games.
"The young ones have to step up to the plate and make certain they don't let themselves down."