England defender John Stones says he's living out his boyhood dream with Three Lions

In the lead up to the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia, we've been getting the thoughts of the England squad on just what it means to them to represent their country. First up is John Stones...

Wednesday 30 May 2018
John Stones is currently in training with the Three Lions squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia

It means everything to me. My dream as a kid was to play for my hometown team Barnsley and then to play for England.

I know that every kid has a dream and I’ve been lucky enough to fulfil those dreams and I can’t put into words exactly how it feels.

John Stones
  • Born: Barnsley, 28 May 1994
  • Clubs: Barnsley, Everton, Manchester City
  • Caps: U19, U20, U21, Senior
  • Twitter: @johnstones
  • Instagram: @JohnStonesOfficial

But I don’t take it for granted one bit because it’s such a special feeling and one that I’ll never forget or want to end really.

I try and make every second count and enjoy every minute of it.

I always look forward to pulling on the jersey, that’s the main thing.

Going into the World Cup, if I get selected for the first game, just walking out and singing the national anthem will be massive for me.

Find out more about John Stones on his England profile page. 

The Three Lions squad have been preparing for Russia at St. George's Park for the last week

You can watch the Three Lions in their final game at Wembley ahead of the World Cup when they face Nigeria on Saturday 2 June and then against Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday 7 June.

By John Stones England and Manchester City