Gary Neville has advised England and Manchester City defender John Stones to analyse and try and emulate former Manchester United defender Gerard Pique following his horror show in the Nations League.
England had gone into extra-time in the Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands after the scores were at 1-1 after 90 minutes thanks to a Marcus Rashford equaliser and an equaliser Matthijs de Ligt.
The game was finally poised going into extra-time and then Stones dawdled on the ball on the edge of the penalty area and was caught in possession, directly leading to Kyle Walker putting the ball into his own net.
The City centre-back then made another error when his poor pass put Ross Barkley under press, the Chelsea midfielder then gave the ball away and the Oranje scored their third and secured a place in the final.
It was a night to forget for Stones and Neville believes he should take a look at some of the top defenders in the world to improve his own game.
“We gave John Stones a lot of criticism and attention after the game the other night,” the United legend told Sky Sports.
“I have got a lot of time for John Stones. I have thought a lot about it in the last few days. It is a good time for him for the summer to be coming. If I were John Stones I would spend a lot of time thinking this summer about how I am going to attack next season.
“We talked a lot the other night about playing out from the back. I actually think John Stones has got to become a great defender and with that there becomes a real seriousness about how you are on the ball.
“He is very relaxed on the ball. That’s good, it shows composure. But then you have to be able to flick that switch and get that competitiveness into your defending.
“I don’t know if he has watched Gerard Pique in the last five to ten years or done analysis of a player that he would like to be like but for me if you look at Gerard Pique on the ball and then within a second showing that aggression and aerial ability off the ball.
“Thiago Silva is another, Sergio Ramos is another, they are great examples of how they flick the switch.”
Neville also thinks Stones should utulise the upcoming summer break to really improve his game.
“John is relaxed on the ball but he is also relaxed in his defending and I was more worried the other night about his defending inside the 18-yard-box in terms of set pieces. So it’s a big summer ahead for him.
“Some might say it’s a time for rest but I think it’s a summer for him to think hard about how he approaches next season.”