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Alan Stubbs: 'John Stones can handle England World Cup pressure'

John Stones will be ready if he gets a late call-up to England's World Cup squad, according to Everton coach Alan Stubbs.

Everton defender John Stones will be able to deal with the pressure of a late call-up to England's World Cup squad if he is asked, according to ex-Blues defender Alan Stubbs.

The 20-year-old has featured in the Three Lions' warm-up games ahead of this summer's tournament in Brazil, despite having only played a handful of games for the Toffees, but Everton coach Stubbs is adamant that Stones would be ready if Roy Hodgson needs him.

He told talkSPORT: "We've seen it before, players who can only play in their position and sometimes you get a few injuries and then you're struggling.

"There's quite a few players in this squad who are flexible, which I think is vital when you're taking a team to a championship.

"You do need that flexibility and John Stones would provide that. Ability wise it's not in question, it's just whether he's ready for that big step up."

Stones has made 21 appearances for Everton since joining from Barnsley last summer.

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