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Chelsea star given Euro 2016 assurance by Hodgson in place of £50m Man City target

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The Transfer Tavern is rarely ever in unison, though with Euro 2016 on the horizon, club allegiances are (somewhat) put on the back burner as Three Lions mania reaches fever pitch.

Perhaps indicative of just how burgeoning talent is somehow overhyped in this country, it was only a few months ago that fans from up and down the country were waxing poetic about the ball playing prowess of a certain John Stones.

However, an alarming dip in form that had seen the previously £50m rated Everton defender left out in the cold under Roberto Martinez, something that could reportedly follow at international level.

Those in the Tavern tonight have raised a glass to England boss Roy Hodgson following reports in the Times that he has assured Chelsea defender Gary Cahill of his starting place at this summer’s showpiece in France.

As vice-captain, the 30-year old is believed to have been told he will be pairing Manchester United defender Chris Smalling as first-choice in place of the former Barnsley youngster.

Though the former Bolton star hasn’t had the easiest of season with Blues, his experience will be called upon rather than left in reserve.

Stones is clearly a huge talent, but a number of defensive mishaps have blighted him in recent months, including a few in England’s recent friendly loss to Holland at Wembley.

Still, Manchester City and Pep Guardiola are understood to be determined to land him in what is likely to be a huge money deal this summer.

Is too harsh on Stones? Has Cahill really done enough this season to justify starting once again? 

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