EXCLUSIVE - Steve Howey: Stones will become England Captain

11th Jan 2018

Former Manchester City defender Steve Howey believes John Stones can become Man City and England Captain under the guidance of Pep Guardiola.

There was a lot of pressure on the 23-year-old when he signed for the league leaders and despite a shaky start, he's impressed for club and country in the last few months.

Speaking exclusively to AskFans about Stones, he said: "I like him. I like him a lot. I can remember a while ago, his Everton debut was against Norwich. 

"I can remember watching him and I liked him straight away. I then spoke to Roberto Martinez afterwards and I said 'I like that young lad' and he said 'he's going to be a player'. Obviously he was right.

"He is one of these players that is confident on the ball and likes to bring it out. He likes to play football and he gets the odd goal as well. 

"The only thing I worry a little bit about Jon sometimes is that he can over play or be over confident. At the end of the day
he's there to defend and he has to clear his lines sometimes. 

"But, I absolutely love that he wants to play football. There is nothing better for me than watching somebody who comes out
and goes passed a player, gets a one-two - Kevin Keegan always wanted me to do it!"

Howey even thinks Stones could develop into a natural leader and perhaps lead England out one day. 

He continued: "Future City and England Captain? Oh yeah. I think he is a very good player. A lot of pressure was on him, it was a lot of money and he's only a young boy. But he seems to have dealt with it very well.

"It helps when you've got a manager like Guardiola. I would guarentee that he's sat him down and filled him full of confidence and said if you work hard, you'll be absolutely fine. He's been proven right!"

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