john stones

Let's start in an unexpected way today. Just imagine how bad Sunderland against Burnley must have been to watch. 0-0 must have been the most guaranteed result of the day. It's nice to see Jermain Defoe back in the England squad though, if only as a reward for putting up with only being passed the ball about 25 times this season.
It never ceases to amaze me just how erratic the English nation can become, in reaction to a weekend of International friendly fixtures. The valiant 3-2 win over Germany naturally provoked talks of Euro 2016 glory. In a matter of days fans returned to the all too familiar English football reality of dread and despair following our defeat to the Netherlands.
Everton are my favourite team in the Premier League right now. They may not be top of the table, or even in the top half. They may concede far too many goals. They may, as so many fans and pundits point out, be a soft touch. But no other side is as capable of beating the opposition as they are in my opinion.
Close the window before the season, they said. Having it four games in is unfair, apparently, as it unsettles players, creates start of season uncertainty, leaves managers unable to build a solid plan for the season as they don't know who they'll have on hand... This is an argument I disagree with entirely.
There are sub-plots aplenty in the Premier League's upcoming season. Will Harry Kane repeat his incredible performance from last season? Will Chelsea be the first team to retain the title since Manchester United in 2009? Will Tim Sherwood's head fall off under the weight of his concentrated smugness? Putting those aside for a second, let's have a look at the youngsters.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's knee injury he suffered in England's 2-2 draw with Ecuador on Wednesday will keep him out for between