Everton defender John Stones says being part of a World Cup squad is a dream come true
By Nicholas Veevers in Turkey
John Stones says that playing in a World Cup was just a dream for him last summer.
As he prepares for this month’s U20 competition, that dream is now a reality for the 19-year-old defender.
Now contracted to Everton, this time one year ago Stone was only just breaking through with his hometown club Barnsley - and was yet to make his England bow.
But after impressing for the Tykes in the early stages of last season, and then in his Three Lions debut for the U19s, the youngster has not looked back.
Now in Peter Taylor’s squad for the U20 World Cup in Turkey, Stones is clearly thrilled to representing his country at such a
prestigious event .
He told FATV: “It’s a great privilege for all of us.
“For me, it’s a great privilege just to put an England shirt on, so to come to a World Cup is a fantastic occasion.
“It was only a dream before that and it’s just happened so quickly.
“If 18 months or so ago you would have said that I’d be playing in a World Cup, I would have said ‘I don’t think so’.
“It’s a surreal feeling and one that I will cherish when I’m out there.”
The Three Lions flew out to their base in Antalya on Wednesday where they continue their World Cup preparations.
With Iraq in opposition for their first game on 23 June, before further group matches against Chile and Egypt, Stones and his team-mates can’t wait to get started.
He added: “All the lads are raring to go and we just want to get out there and get acclimatised.
“We’re looking forward to it and doing well.
“Every team wants to win the World Cup and that’s what we’re looking to do.”
Watch the full interview with Stones below.