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Roberto Martinez hails 'future captain' John Stones

Stones has demonstrated maturity beyond his years. Credit: PA

Everton defender John Stones is a natural leader and a future captain, according to manager Roberto Martinez, who believes the youngster is learning from some of the best at Goodison Park.

The 20-year-old has started five of the last six matches, missing only the Capital One Cup defeat at Swansea in that time, and is developing a maturity beyond his years.

He is a leader. He is born with that quality. He has real high standards in everything he does and for a young man he has always got the right approach on a daily basis.

In my eyes he is a potential captain and leader, someone very close to Phil Jagielka and Gareth Barry.

He has a good core to learn from - Jagielka, Sylvain Distin and Antolin Alcaraz and it has been beneficial having Tim Howard behind him.

Clearly in the last few weeks he has earned his place and performances have shown that.

– Everton manager Roberto Martinez


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