John Stones

John Stones

Stones playing for Everton in 2015
Personal information
Full name John Stones[1]
Date of birth (1994-05-28) 28 May 1994[2]
Place of birth Barnsley, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
Number 24
Youth career
2001–2011 Barnsley
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Barnsley 24 (0)
2013–2016 Everton 77 (1)
2016– Manchester City 11 (0)
National team
2012–2013 England U19 3 (0)
2013 England U20 2 (0)
2013–2016 England U21 12 (0)
2014– England 15 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:58, 12 November 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 05:44, 16 November 2016 (UTC)

John Stones (born 28 May 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Manchester City and the England national team. Mainly a centre-back, he can also play as a right-back.

Stones began his career with Barnsley, making his first team debut in the Championship in March 2012 as a 17-year-old. He joined Premier League club Everton for around £3 million in January 2013 and amassed 95 appearances for the Merseyside club over four seasons. In August 2016, he signed for Manchester City for an initial £47.5 million with add-ons.

Stones made his senior debut for England in 2014 after previously being capped at under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels. He was selected in then-England manager Roy Hodgson's UEFA Euro 2016 23-man squad but ultimately played no part in any of The Three Lions' matches at the tournament.

Club career


Born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire,[2] Stones came through the Barnsley youth academy to sign professional forms in December 2011. He made his professional debut in the Championship on 17 March 2012, in a 0–4 defeat to Reading at Oakwell, replacing Scott Wiseman after 52 minutes.[3] He scored his only goal for Barnsley on his first start, equalising before half time in a League Cup first round match away to Rochdale on 11 August 2012, which resulted in a 4–3 victory after extra time.[4] A week later, he made his first league start, in a 1–0 victory against Middlesbrough.[5]


Stones and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard defending against Fraizer Campbell of Cardiff City in March 2014

Stones signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with Everton on 31 January 2013,[6] for a transfer fee reported to be in the region of £3 million.[7] He was an unused substitute for three Premier League matches that season, beginning on 10 February in a 0–2 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.[8]

He made his debut for Everton against Stevenage in the League Cup second round on 28 August 2013, a 2–1 win after extra time at Goodison Park.[9] He made his league debut as a late substitute for Steven Naismith in a 1–0 home win over Chelsea on 14 September 2013.[10] He started his first Premier League game for Everton in a 1–1 draw against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on 1 January 2014.[11]

Stones defending against Chelsea's Loïc Rémy in February 2015

On 7 August 2014, Stones signed a new five-year contract to keep him with Everton until 2019. The deal was believed to be worth around £30,000 a week.[12] He suffered an ankle injury against Manchester United on 5 October, ruling him out for between 10 and 14 weeks.[13] Despite the injury, Stones was listed among the nominees for the Golden Boy 2014 Award alongside fellow Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu and fellow England internationals Calum Chambers, Luke Shaw and eventual winner Raheem Sterling.[14]

Stones was sent off in Everton's 4–1 away win at Young Boys in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League on 19 February 2015, for conceding a penalty with a foul on Guillaume Hoarau, who went on to miss the spot-kick.[15] He scored his first goal for Everton in a 3–0 home win against Manchester United on 26 April 2015, heading in the team's second goal of the game.[16]

In July and August 2015, Stones was reportedly the subject of three bids from Chelsea – of £20 million, £26 million and £30 million – all of which were rejected by Everton.[17][18][19] Stones was reported to have handed in a request to leave Everton, but this was also refused.[20] On 28 December, Stones fouled Stoke City's Marko Arnautović in added time at the end of a home match, conceding a penalty kick from which the same player scored the winning goal in a 4–3 victory.[21]

Manchester City

On 9 August 2016, Manchester City completed the signing of Stones for £47.5 million on a six-year deal with a potential extra £2.5 million in add-ons, making him the world's second most expensive defender in history, behind David Luiz.[22][23][24][25] Stones was handed the number 24 jersey ahead of the 2016–17 season. The announcement followed shortly after the leaking of his arrival, having been included in City's Champions League play-off round squad registration list which UEFA had published on their website prior to confirmation of the move.[26]

International career

Stones was named in manager Peter Taylor's 21-man squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in May 2013.[27] He made his England U20 debut on 16 June, in a 3–0 win in a warm-up game against Uruguay.[28] He made his under-21s debut against Scotland's U21s. He played the entire 90 minutes of a 6–0 win for England.

He was named as a standby player for England's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, but was not included in the final squad. Stones made his England debut on 30 May in a 3–0 friendly win over Peru at Wembley, replacing Everton teammate Leighton Baines for the final 15 minutes,[29] also playing the next match, a 2–2 draw with Ecuador. On 3 September 2014, Stones made his first England start in a friendly against Norway at Wembley Stadium.[30] Five days later, in England's first match of UEFA Euro 2016 qualification, Stones made his competitive debut in a 2–0 victory away to Switzerland at St. Jakob-Park, Basel.[31]

Stones was selected in Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad for Euro 2016 but did not play any of England's four games in the tournament.[32][33]

Career statistics


As of match played 5 November 2016
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Barnsley 2010–11[34] Championship 00000000
2011–12[35] Championship 20000020
2012–13[36] Championship 2202021261
Total 2402021281
Everton 2012–13[36] Premier League 0000
2013–14[37] Premier League 2103020260
2014–15[38] Premier League 23120003[lower-alpha 1]0281
2015–16[39] Premier League 3302060410
Total 771708030951
Manchester City 2016–17[40] Premier League 11000106[lower-alpha 2]0180
Career total 112190111901412


As of match played 15 November 2016[41]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
England 201440




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  13. "Everton: John Stones could miss rest of 2014 with ankle injury". BBC Sport. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
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  27. "Final squad named". The Football Association. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  28. "Training win for Three Lions". The Football Association. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
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  30. Bevan, Chris (19 August 2014). "Besiktas 0–0 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  31. McNulty, Phil (8 September 2014). "Switzerland 0–2 England". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  32. "Roy Hodgson confirms final squad for UEFA EURO 2016". The Football Association. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
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