John Stones keen to make most of England experience

Thursday 26 Jun 2014
Stones made his senior England debut against Peru at Wembley last month
John Stones is hoping to use the experience he picked up during his time with the England squad earlier this summer to further progress next season.

The Everton defender was in impressive form at Goodison Park last season and has also been a key part of Gareth Southgate’s England Under-21 side over the past year.

He was then picked on standby for Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad for Brazil, joining the group for their pre-tournament training trips to Portugal, St. George’s Park and Miami, picking up caps in the warm-up games against Peru and Ecuador.

John Stones in training with Luke Shaw for England.

Stones and Luke Shaw training with the England senior squad earlier this summer


And now the 20-year-old wants to continue his development with Everton and England, having made the most of his time in the senior set-up.

"I took it as a great experience and I’ll never forget that," said Stones.

"The experience that I had out there with them, you can’t value that kind of time and learning off such good players.

"So I’m just going to have to take that back to Everton and improve."

It’s been a whirlwind few years for Stones, who only had his first taste of international football less than two years ago with England U19s in September 2012.

Since then, he has featured at an U20 World Cup and has performed consistently for the Under-21s to help them top their own Euro qualifying group.

And he has seen enough of his team-mates in those squads to suggest that there are talented players coming through, with the likes of Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw having already stepped up to the senior squad.

"I think the future is definitely bright," he added. 

"There is such a wide range of players now playing for England, with different skills which they can bring to the game.

"It’s looking very positive for the future."

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels