Murphy: Stones A Must Start For England

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Former England midfielder, Danny Murphy, has said should Stones not be a regular starter at the Euro 2016, something is wrong.

Stones was on a different level, when he manned England defence against France and was flawless.

It doesn’t end there for stones. Who could be the permanent fixture for the righy-back spot in England.

“Come the start of the Euros next year, I will be at the game and if John Stones isn’t starting I will gladly walk down and get Roy, Ray Lewington and Gary Neville and slap them all with a wet fish because he is so far ahead of the other centre-halves in our country in terms of his ability to come out with the ball and pick a pass,” the former Liverpool and Tottenham player told TalkSport.

“He is just so comfortable. When you have got a centre-half who is good on the ball, able to go past someone, come out with the ball and see the bigger picture – as a midfielder and striker it frees up time for you and gives everyone more confidence in what you are trying to do.

“[Chris] Smalling, [Gary] Cahill, [Phil] Jagielka and [Phil] Jones are all good players, all very talented lads but, for me, they are competing for one spot. If Stones is fit, he starts.”

Murphy likened Stones’ style to that of Rio Ferdinand, but he fears England lack other similar talents to reach the performance levels of the former Manchester United great.

Murphy added: “I would say he is further on than Rio at the same age. I think he is the real deal and very much worth getting carried away about.

“There is no one else in that England squad that stands out that is going to be the next Rio, the next [Steven] Gerrard, the next Michael Owen. There are some good players but none are at his level in terms of potential.”



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