John Stones is an English footballer that plays as a centre back for Manchester City after his £47.5 million Summer 2016 transfer and the England national team. Stones' pace and power is complemented through his technical ability and impressive passing range which has made the player one of the finest English talents and most elegant centre backs across European football.
Born in Barnsley, Stones began playing competitively for local academy side Barnsley FC where he developed under the guidance and nurturing of their coaches before graduating to the seniors and signing a professional contract in December 2011. Showing signs of developing into a classy centre back, Everton FC made their want for the young player apparent through a £3 million offer of which was subsequently accepted by his childhood club Barnsley. Since Stones' arrival at Goodison Park, he was a key member of the squad which was shown through impressive performances against some of the worlds best attacking players.
Throughout his three full seasons with The Toffees, impressing week in week out with his clear footballing talent, Stones gained attention from the biggest Premier League clubs including big money talk coming from Chelsea FC however within the Summer of 2016 Manchester City and new manager Pep Guardiola came knocking with a £47.5 million offer which Everton were unable to refuse and thus the young centre back signed for the Manchester based club and was handed the number 24 shirt.
First representing his country at U19 level, Stones progressed into the senior side where he made his first team debut on 30 May 2014 in a 3-0 win against Peru at Wembley and has since gone onto posing as a starting centre back for the Three Lions and was selected for the Euro 2016 squad.