Cahill backs Stones to shine

England centre-back Gary Cahill has backed his national teammate John Stones to emerge from recent criticisms and enjoy a stellar career.

The 22-year-old Manchester City defender has made some high-profile errors for his club in recent weeks, and while he was part of the England side that kept a clean-sheet in their 3-0 win over Scotland in a World Cup qualifier on Friday night, his performance was not without mistakes.

But Cahill, who partnered Stones in defence at Wembley, says Stones has the talent and temperament to become a top-class player.

He said: "The potential is there for him to do whatever he wants to do. There is no reason he cannot go on and have the career he wants to have. He is a different type of player but I think everyone is aware of his ability.

"He is a great lad off the pitch, personality wise you have to look at that as well. Is he a boy who is going to take on advice from people? Is he going to listen to everybody and soak that up? He certainly is.  

"Again, another bit of your character – I feel he is a guy who can deal with criticism, who can be fine with that. He will learn from his mistakes and from the things he is doing very well, which is more than the mistakes."

He added: "He is doing a lot of good stuff at Manchester City and he is obviously highly regarded there. He will build confidence, his manager has obviously got confidence in him.

"When your manager and your team-mates have confidence in you, you take the criticism on the chin and keep going. He will be fine."