Everton fullback Stones: Barkley an inspiration

Everton fullback John Stones is drawing inspiration from teammate Ross Barkley over his senior England call.

Everton fullback John Stones is drawing inspiration from teammate Ross Barkley over his senior England call.

The England Under-21 international is now keen to progress at Goodison Park and sees Barkley as a role model.

"Of course it is a big inspiration for me when Ross is making the first team and getting picked for England," said Stones.

"He is hitting the ground running for Everton. I really want to do the same as Ross.

"I am always trying to push for a first-team position, as is everyone in the dressing room. It is healthy competition.

"I want to cement a spot in the first team, to keep pushing as hard as I can all season until I get there. That is my big aim."

 
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