The Everton fans who are competing in a pool tournament in The Transfer Tavern this evening are discussing comments made by a former England international in regards to one of their players.
The Evening Standard is reporting that Sol Campbell believes that Roy Hodgson should start John Stones on the bench in this summer’s EURO 2016 campaign.
The former Tottenham and Arsenal defender believes that the error prone defender would be a liability for England if he starts the tournament this summer in France.
The 22-year-old was one of the most sought after defenders last summer, but after a season of inconsistent performances for his clu,b it appears that the talk about where his future was going to lie finally got to the defender at certain parts during last season.
Campbell believes Roy Hodgson would be better starting with Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill at the heart of the defence this summer, stating that if Stones makes a mistake it would be held against him for the rest of his career given the unforgiving nature of international football.
Speaking about Stones, Campbell said: “If you keep making mistakes at international level, you’re going to suffer because one mistake in a tournament and you can be out.
“If you make mistakes at a domestic level, you have more time to learn. He is learning.
“He just has to understand there are moments to play the ball and moments to keep hold of the ball. He just needs to find that balance.
“I personally would go for Smalling and Cahill. I would go for the experience of those two guys.
“For me, something drastic would have to happen for Stones to start. You start with your most solid back four and go from there.”
The Everton fans in The Tavern do not agree with Campbell’s comments and believe that the mistakes were made due to him not knowing he was going to be lining up with at club level, from one week to the next!
Everton fans…. What do you make of Campbell’s comments? Let us know below!