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Stones 'Raring To Go'

Young Blues eager to impress at U20 World Cup.

Stones 'Raring To Go'
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John Stones says England Under-20s are 'raring to go' at this month's World Cup in Turkey.

The Young Lions travelled to Antalya on Wednesday in preparation for the tournament that commences on 23 June.

Stones is one of five Everton representatives in Peter Taylor's 21-man squad and is confident England can impress.

"All the lads are raring to go," he explained. 

"We can't wait to get out there and get acclimatised and start training. We're looking forward to doing well."

The 19-year-old defender has experienced a whirlwind 12 months, breaking into the Barnsley side before making a January switch to Goodison Park.

Before joining the Blues, his impressive displays at right-back earned a first international call-up. Three Under-19s caps later and Stones now finds himself targetting World Cup glory.

"To play for England was always a dream before all that and everything's just happened so quickly since," he reflected.

"It's a great priviledge for all of us, even just to put an England shirt on, but to play in a World Cup is a fantastic opportunity.

"There's a few new lads in the squad but we're one big group again. There's a few in from the Under-19s, James Ward-Prowse, myself and a few others, so we know each other very well. There's good banter about and it's good training together."

With Stones' focus now on his country, he admits he can't wait to get back to his newfound home and colleagues at Finch Farm.

"It's been brilliant [at Everton], I've loved it," he enthused.

"Everton is a great club and all the lads have taken to me well. 

"I'm thankful for that and hopefully I can kick on next season after the World Cup."

LLOYD ROBERTSgoodluck john mate

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