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Stones plays 90 minutes in defeat for England under 19s

Friday 7th September 2012
John Stones.

John Stones became the first Barnsley player for seven years to represent an England team as he played for the under 19s in their 3-1 loss to Germany in Hamburg on Thursday night.

 

The 18-year-old defender from Penistone played the full 90 minutes on his international debut.

Germany took the lead after two minutes but Manchester United's Nick Powell levelled before half-time. The hosts struck twice early in the second half to secure the victory.

 

Stones was called into the squad by former Reds coach Noel Blake. The last Barnsley player  to play for an England team was goalkeeper Scott Flinders who played 45 minutes for the under 20s against Holland in October 2005.

 

“Stonesy’s call-up is a big moment for all of the staff that have had an input with him since he joined us aged seven,” said academy manager Ronnie Branson.

 

“I’m sure it would have happened sooner if he was at a bigger club. Barnsley is a small and unfashionable club but it is great that we have had the recognition for the players we produce.

 

“We are really pleased for John and his family. He is a tremendous young player and a very nice lad. He is excellent technically and tactically. He is very, very level-headed and nothing seems to faze him. Stonesy is a bit of a comedian and if you hear everyone laughing in the changing room you can bet it is him that has made the joke.”