Stones “enjoying every minute” of England experience

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John Stones has been revelling in his involvement with the senior England setup over the past couple of weeks and says that the experience is spurring him on to earn more caps for the national side.

Everton's hot defensive prospect made his international debut for Roy Hodgson's side just two days after turning 20 last week when he came on as a substitute at Wembley against Peru. And he got a taste of more action against Ecuador in Miami yesterday where he got to demonstrate how far he has come in the last year.

12 months ago, the Barnsley-born centre half was still regarded as "one for the future" at Everton and was on England duty at the U20 World Cup in Turkey. Now he is on the standby list for the real thing in Brazil and could be called up if Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is ruled out through injury and Hodgson elects to promote a player already acclimatised to the humidity.

"It's still not sunk in yet," Stones told the Echo. "I'll never forget that moment at Wembley and it still feels surreal.

"To make my debut two days after my birthday as well topped off the week. It was nice to have the family down and it was a massive day for me. We never would have thought it would have happened so quickly, coming away with the senior squad.

"We're just enjoying every minute of it. It's nice to see how the senior squad works... It's been such a good experience, we'll go away and watch the lads from back home.

"But it has given us that hunger to keep on improving and hopefully when that next England squad comes around we'll get the call."


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