In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Premier League striker Dean Windass has backed Manchester City defender John Stones to start at the European Championship’s for England this summer.
Stones hasn’t played for the Three Lions since a qualifying victory over Montenegro in November 2019, meaning he was overlooked for the entire Nations League campaign, missing the last eight internationals altogether.
But having worked his way back into Pep Guardiola’s team after forming an outstanding partnership with Ruben Dias, the former Everton centre-back would appear on the verge of being recalled Gareth Southgate’s squad for England’s World Cup qualifiers later this month, and then the European Championships in June.
Stones has featured 17 times in the Premier League this season, with his first defeat coming in Saturday’s Manchester derby, and Windass has praised the centre-back for becoming first choice once again at the Etihad Stadium.
He told Football Fan Cast: “It’s testament to the kid, and it’s testament to the manager. His attitude must have been spot on because we were all talking about ‘is John Stones finished’? Testament to the kid, but testament to the manager because he’s changed his mindset and said ‘go on then, go and prove me wrong that you can still play’.”
Asked whether Stones should go to the Euros, Windass admitted: “You’d take him all day. You play for England on the form for your football club.
“John Terry was always the centre-half, then it’s who plays alongside him? Is Gareth Southgate’s centre-half Harry Maguire? Who’s going to play alongside him? It’s got to be John Stones for me.”