Hemsworth’s new England man John Stones has spoken about his delight at making his debut for his country.
Everton defender Stones was part of the England squad that trained in Miami in readiness for the World Cup and played in two of the warm-up games to become a fully fledged international just a week after celebrating his 20th birthday.
He was not included in the 23-man World Cup squad, but was on standby for the huge global sporting event should any of the selected players pick up injuries. Manager Roy Hodgson said he was earmarked for a place in Brazil if Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could not shake off a knock he picked up in Miami, but the Arsenal man has now been declared fit and Stones has returned home.
However, the Hemsworth lad has the memory of his first two caps for England against Peru at Wembley and Ecuador in Miami and is being tipped to become a regular for England in the coming years.
He told his club website: “I’ll never forget that moment at Wembley and it still feels surreal.
“To make my debut two days after my birthday as well topped off the week. It was nice to have the family down and it was a massive day for me.
“I never would have thought it would have happened so quickly, coming away with the senior squad.
“It’s nice to see how the senior squad works – it’s all good experience.”
Stones, who along with Liverpool’s Jon Flanagan were the only two extra players to the World Cup squad to train with England, says both are now eager to push on now and play well enough in the Premier League to earn more England recognition.
He added: “It’s been such a good experience for us.
“It has given us that hunger to keep on improving and hopefully when that next England squad comes around we’ll get the call.”
Stones’ Everton team-mate Phil Jagielka, who is now an England regular, is one of many tipping a bright future for the Hemsworth lad and said he had taken his call-up to the England squad in his stride – just like the young defender did when he moved from Barnsley to the Premiership club 18 months ago.
He said: “He was delighted to be part of this set-up and to have come on and make his England debut is fantastic.
“He’s a great guy and hopefully there is many more to come.
“He’s the same as Ross (Barkley). They have both come into the first team and settled in right away. The type of players they are and the attitudes they have got, they just settle in and do their thing.”