Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has tipped team-mate John Stones to be a future England captain and to win 100 caps for his country.
It would be a massive surprise if both Barkley and Stones were not on the plane to France this summer with Roy Hodgson’s squad although, after indifferent runs of form, the pair may struggle to be in the starting XI for the first game, against Russia on June 11.
Barkley says he feels more at home with England now he has a number of games under his belt and the 22-year-old has tipped team-mate Stones as a future captain of his country.
He told the Echo: “Yes (he can captain England). At a young age he’s a leader at club level – he talks a lot and leads by example.
“He’s not your typical English defender, heÂ’s more of a ball-playing centre-half, and at international level thatÂ’s what you need from your central defenders, as well as being solid at the back.
“He’s the type of player you would normally see in a Spanish side. He’s an unbelievable player, he’ll probably play for England for the next 10 or 15 years and reach over 100 caps.”