Everton defender John Stones believes that team mate Tom Cleverley deserves to be in the England squad based on his recent performances.
Cleverly, 26, scored the lone goal in Everton’s 1-0 win over Newcastle on Boxing Day after finding the back of the net in added time. Cleverley joined Everton in the summer after spending last season on loan at Aston Villa from Manchester United. Stones thinks that Cleverley deserves a chance to show what he can for the English national team.
“I know as players you’re biased to your own team-mates, but I think it’s only right that I speak on behalf of a lot of the lads in our dressing room when I say Tom should be in the England squad – on current form at least,” Stones told Everton TV.
“He’s playing terrifically well. Sometimes players don’t get too many chances to get back into the squad but I’m sure he would be delighted to.”
Cleverley has 13 caps for England and also played for Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics. Stones also spoke about Cleverley’s goal against Newcastle.
“He caught one sweet early doors and did the same against Crystal Palace, so maybe it’s a sign of things to come but he has definitely deserved it,” Stones said. “It took a lifetime to go in but thankfully it got there in the end.
“He feels like an Everton player. He loves everything about the club – the training, the fans and he’s just fitted in so well. He’s a top lad and the goal should top that off for Christmas.”