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Everton's John Stones a shock inclusion as Gerard Pique names his World XI

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In an interview with the Telegraph, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique revealed his world dream team. The XI is a collection of global stars, most of which have donned the same shirt as the 28-year-old.

Rather incredibly, though, Everton defender John Stones made a spectacular cameo in the side, with Pique revealing the Toffees youngster reminds him of Rio Ferdinand.

The Spaniard also picks himself in the back three, with Sergio Ramos completing the defence. Meanwhile, international team-mate David de Gea mans the goal line amidst another superb season at Manchester United.

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Barcelona players begin to dominate the rest of the team thereafter, with Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta joining Paul Pogba and Cesc Fabregas in a central quartet.

As for the front three, there is no place for Cristiano Ronaldo as Barca’s infamous goalscoring trio take priority. Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi make up a formidable offensive unit that drove Barcelona to Champions League glory last season.

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Stones must feel incredibly proud to be nominated into a side that has European trophies and World Cups in abundance.

The ex-Manchester United centre-back also compiled a bench for his dream team, which shows the 28-year-old's keen eye for the Premier League. His star-studded pack of reserves includes: Iker Casillas, Dani Alves, Eden Hazard, David Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. 

Ahead of Spain’s clash with England on Friday, Pique was keen to speak about his opposing captain, with whom he played alongside at Old Trafford.

The Spaniard said: “I have Wayne Rooney (in the team) because he is one of the best English players in history.”

However, the World Cup winner reasoned Rooney’s position on his bench: “He needs to win an important title with England. It will be difficult, but you never know.

"Recently he became England’s all-time record goalscorer - a very important record. And he’s not old. Just 30.”

With Pique’s Spain locking horns with the Three Lions this week, Roy Hodgson can certainly take pride that at least two Englishman have made the defender’s dream team.

Regardless of such praise, there is little doubt England face a monumental struggle in Alicante up against a Spain side oozing with talent.

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