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Sol Campbell: Stones is too error prone to start at EURO 2016

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Former England international, Sol Campbell believes that John Stones is too error-prone to start for the Three Lions at the European Championships in France this June.

Stones, aged 22, endured a frustrating season with his club side, Everton, despite his tough time domestically at the Toffees, many have tipped the Barnsley-native to start at the Championships in the centre-back position, alongside Chris Smalling.

However, Campbell, who made 70 appearances for England in his international career, believes Gary Cahill should partner Smalling at the back, citing costly errors by Stones as the reason why he would not start the latter.

“I personally would go for Smalling and Cahill. I would go for the experience of those two guys,” said former Arsenal defender Campbell.

“For me, something drastic would have to happen for Stones to start. You start with your most solid back four and go from there.”

“If you keep making mistakes at international level, you’re going to suffer because one mistake in a tournament and you can be out,” added Campbell.

“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.”

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