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Stones joins Baines and Jagielka in England squad

by | 28/08/2014  Comments (17)  jump
John Stones, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines have all been named by Roy Hodgson in the England squad for the upcoming friendly against Norway and the subsequent Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland on 8th September.

Stones narrowly missed out on making the trip to Brazil for what was ultimately a disastrous 2014 World Cup this summer but he is looking to become a regular member of Hodgson's squad as England look to the future by bedding in some of their brightest young stars.

The Three Lions play Norway at Wembley next Wednesday 3 September before travelling to Basel to face the Swiss in their opening Group E fixture five days later.

Everton are well represented at youth level for England as well, with Luke Garbutt called up by England U21s; Chris Long by the U20s; Brendan Galloway by the U19s; Callum Connolly, JonJoe Kenny and Ryan Ledson by the U18s; and James Yates, Nathan Holland and Tom Davies by the U17s.

Elsewhere, Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku are included in Belgium's squad for their friendly with Australia.  

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James Stewart
1 Posted 28/08/2014 at 15:02:40
Just a shame Red Roy is in charge still. Our national team will continue to be an embarrassment under him.
Kevin Rowlands
2 Posted 28/08/2014 at 15:28:40
Always hate these international breaks but for once I think this one has come at the right time for us, injuries, Eto'o settling in etc.

On another note titter starting to heat up with Welbeck on loan rumors, allegedly at Finch Farm now.

Colin Glassar
3 Posted 28/08/2014 at 16:35:15
Totally agree Kevin. These breaks usually come when we are on a bit of a run and can be disruptive. This time though it will give us time to get a few players closer to complete fitness.
Mike Childs
4 Posted 28/08/2014 at 17:27:16
I like seeing all the youngster we have called up. Jags should go to Dagaba with Distin and find themselves with the help of master Yoda......
David Chait
5 Posted 28/08/2014 at 17:44:55
I have begun to use these youth call ups as a good indication of who really is top of the heap.. Can see that some if our "wonder kids" aren't anywhere to be seen.. Williams, Brewster, Walsh ..... Green? Not too worried about the first 3 I've mentioned.. But like Baxter before him Green doesn't seem a favourite with the England youth set up.

So few if the England youth players actually make it to the EPL that if hey can't make it here what chance do they really have?

On a positive Ledson and Kenny reply do appear destined for top tier football!

Sam Hoare
6 Posted 28/08/2014 at 17:55:25
Shows that we have more youth talent in the 16-18 group than the 19-21 group and may have to wait a while for Roberto's vision for the youth to really come to fruition.

Am surprised that the likes of Brewster and Dowell are not in the youth squads as well especially given that the academy team won the league last season.

Paul Ferry
7 Posted 28/08/2014 at 18:46:09
So more than a few of us on here have been lambasting and lampooing our shaky and leaky defence for the last week or so with rising heat and lo and behold three of EnglandÂ’s seven defenders come from which club?

I say this, by the way, not to line up with the pro-EFC-defence point of view — getting thinner each week, I think — but to point out how slim the pickings seem to be for England right now, and not just at the back.

Jags-hoofer-howler is one of the jammiest defender geezers in a long while. He is nowhere near international class and he is a first pick for England. Such is the poverty of pickings. If Terry had not hung his England jersey up there is no way that Jags would have started in Brazil.

Again, just to make sure that folks are in no doubt about which side of the fence I am on: that central defence pairing has to be broken up for us to have any chance of winning anything or squeezing into the top 4.

Nick Entwistle
8 Posted 28/08/2014 at 19:03:01
Ugh, the list of long lost England youth is worrisome. Once you get two or three years of solid top flight first team experience, with the necessary quality, then you get your England call up. Do we really want a Wes Brown who thought he had made it on our hands?

Mike Allison
9 Posted 28/08/2014 at 19:31:03
This international break is easy to see coming though isn't it? You know there's going to be three league games, the end of the window, then a break. It's become part of the routine of a season.

As an England fan I'm completely underwhelmed by the current squad. There are some good players in there but if our midfield options are Jack Colback and Fabian Delph we're not going to be worrying many opponents. I still don't understand what Huddlestone has to do to get a game for England. He's effective in the Premier League and his style and strengths are far more suited to continental and international football.

It's also very bizarre that someone who doesn't get in the Everton team is in the England squad. Has that ever happened before?

Chris James
10 Posted 28/08/2014 at 20:30:46
I'd really prefer our players weren't away for internationals - just a whole load of injury worries for me. I certainly don't see Baines and Jags having come back as better players for the England experience. The sad fact is that I think most top premier league sides would tonk England, I'd certainly fancy Everton's chances.

RE: Wellbeck...hmm, well that is interesting. I don't necessarily rate him super highly, but he'd give us another option definitely.
If we did have him it'd be a total turnaround in terms of forward options. Pre-season we thought we might end up starting with Naismith and then Kone to come back in.
Now we have Naismith, Lukaku and Eto'o as options plus possibly Wellbeck AND Kone to come back in. An embarrassment of riches!

We'd certainly have the squad to challenge on all fronts then, although having said that with Pienaar and Barkley out we do look short of playmaking cover (please no-one say Osman) behind the front players - so maybe we still need one more?

We also do need a manager to understand that keeping hold of the ball with an extra back-player and defending a lead isn't a sin.

Mike Keating
11 Posted 29/08/2014 at 00:08:56
Who gives a shit?
I am only interested in Everton and playing for England under this multilingual knobhead does not help the team or the players that much.
Just a waste of time until the Big TV money gets pulled on the Prem and young English players get a chance to step up.
COYB is all
Ant Dwyer
12 Posted 29/08/2014 at 01:30:19
Kevin (#2);

I would be delighted if the Welbeck rumour was/is true; he would top off an already brilliant transfer window. I canÂ’t help but think we wouldnÂ’t have signed EtoÂ’o though if we were going to push for the Welbeck signing but hey, how would I know! I hope you are right.

Good news for the development of John Stones that he is again included in the national squad; itÂ’s all extra experience gained so all good. Also fantastic news that so many of our youth lads are being called to represent England at younger age groups.

ItÂ’s all looking very good at the minute but now we have to start putting points on the board, startling this week at home to another title contender. After two draws already, a win is would be hugely significant, although itÂ’s a big ask.

Harold Matthews
13 Posted 29/08/2014 at 01:54:18
A bunch of newspaper hacks agreed that the England back four in Brazil was the worst England back four in 40 years. Obviously Roy doesn't read the papers.
Mike Keating
15 Posted 29/08/2014 at 08:41:46
Gospel according to Woy; if the FA persevere with his methods our youngsters will be 'as good as Germany'
Andrew Ellams
16 Posted 29/08/2014 at 09:01:37
So heÂ’s replaced Gerrard and Lampard with Colback and Delph. Germany must be tempted to hand over the trophy now to avoid the humiliation coming their way in 4 years time.
Ant Dwyer
17 Posted 29/08/2014 at 14:02:22
I think Woy may be missing the talent part thatÂ’s needed!

In my opinion, this is about the worst England squad EVER!!!

Jon Withey
18 Posted 29/08/2014 at 22:27:58
Nice that Jagielka is included but I really thought he'd be out on his ear after the world cup, Baines too - they were pretty bad.

I'd rather Engand left them alone to be honest, being consistently described as rubbish can't be good for their confidence.

But the choices are sparse aren't they ?! Terry, Ferdinand, Cahill....what next ?

Jagielka, Lescott, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Caulker ?

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