Stones handed England start

Everton defender John Stones has been named in England’s starting line-up for Wednesday night’s friendly against Norway at Wembley.

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John Stones: Everton defender will line up at right-back for England on Wednesda

John Stones: Everton defender will line up at right-back for England on Wednesda

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The 20-year-old, who made his international debut in May after being named as a standby for the World Cup squad, will line up at right-back, and his club mate Leighton Baines will be at left-back.

Regular goalkeeper Joe Hart will start and Manchester United’s Phil Jones gets an opportunity to impress alongside Gary Cahill in the heart of the defence.

Wayne Rooney is England’s new captain following the international retirement of Steven Gerrard and he will be joined in attack by Daniel Sturridge.

Frank Lampard also retired after the World Cup in Brazil and England will field a youthful midfield quartet in the shape of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson, Jack Wilshere and Raheem Sterling.

England team: Hart, Stones, Jones, Cahill, Baines, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wilshere, Sterling, Sturridge, Rooney.

Does Woy never watch Ryan Shawcross. The bloke is a freaking idiot. He's knocking hard on Kompany's door for best centre back in the league, let alone best English centre back.
- magicfuller

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