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Stones Starts At Stoke

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

John Stones makes his first Premier League start as one of five changes for Everton.

Stones, 19, lines up alongside Antolin Alcaraz in a new look central defensive pairing with Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin both injured.

Tim Howard is back in goal after his one match ban with Joel Robles back among the subs.

The American will also captain the Blues.

Gareth Barry also returns to the starting XI after his own suspension, while Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas are both recalled.

Leon Osman, Bryan Oviedo and Steven Naismith are the players who drop to the bench.

John Heitinga isn't in the squad but Nikica Jelavic and Apostolos Vellios offer additional firepower from among the replacements.

Everton: Howard, Baines, Mirallas, McCarthy, Lukaku, Barry, Barkley, Pienaar, Coleman, Stones, Alcaraz. Subs: Robles, Hibbert, Jelavic, Oviedo, Naismith, Osman, Vellios.

 

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