Mercurial Superfly IV Green Before heading to the Czech Republic for the tournament
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Hodgson had no hesitation throwing the then 20-year-old into the starting XI for the August friendly against Norway and the crucial qualifier in Switzerland.
Elastico Superfly Laser Orange It was one of the former Barnsley defender's proudest moments.
"You get called up to the senior squad you can't be any more happy," he said.
Magista Obra FG Orange "Your confidence is there because you deserve to be there. For him (Hodgson) to put his trust in me like that gives you that confidence.
"It was a big game for us after the defeats in the World Cup and we won it. That set the standards."
Hodgson is not Stones' only admirer.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez, as well as coaches Duncan Ferguson and David Unsworth are fans, and Gareth Southgate has used the centre-back regularly during qualification for the Under-21 championship.
Speaking at St George's Park ahead of the Under-21 tournament, which starts next week, Southgate paid Stones a huge compliment by likening his game to one of the best English defenders of the last 30 years.
"Rio had that (type of) comfort on the ball and the ability to turn out and start again, step into midfield and use the ball intelligently," the England Under-21 manager said when asked if Stones reminded him of any recent England internationals.
"I suppose Rio went through similar processes of learning to be a better, stronger defender. That will be the bit we want to keep seeing with John.
"Physically he is still filling out but has great physical attributes.
"He is as composed as any young defender I have seen on the ball."
Mercurial Superfly IV Green Before heading to the Czech Republic for the tournament, Stones will return to Oakwell for the first time since he left his hometown club for Everton two years ago.
Stepping out for the Under-21s in their friendly against Belarus in Barnsley on Thursday will be another proud moment for the player and those close to him.
"Loads of my family will be there as it on the doorstep," Stones said.
"My mum and dad came to every home and away game - they put some miles in - so for them to see me at Oakwell again will be special."