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John Stones nominated for Golden Boy award - but Ross Barkley isn't

Some surprising names included - and not included - on this year's list.

Jan Kruger

John Stones' burgeoning reputation has moved up another notch with the news that he has been nominated for the 2014 European Golden Boy award.

The award, which began in 2003, is given to a player aged 21 or under and playing in a European nations's top division. It is voted for by journalists from a number of top European publications including the Times, France Football, Marca, Bild and De Telegraaf.

Wayne Rooney was the second recipient of the award in 2004 while still at Everton. Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Cesc Fabregas are also previous winners.

However,  so is Manchester United flop Anderson so the journos obviously can't get it right every time.

Stones is the only Everton player on the 2014 shortlist, capping a fine 12 months that has seen him establish himself in the Toffees first-team as well as becoming a full England international.

Barcelona's Gerard Deulofeu, currently at Sevilla but who spent last season on-loan at Goodison Park, is also included on the shortlist.

A surprising omission though is Ross Barkley. He enjoyed a fine breakthrough campaign last year and earned himself a place in England's World Cup squad as a result.

A knee injury suffered in August did see him miss the first two months of the season but his absence still does raise eyebrows, especially when you see some of the other names on the list.

Nabil Bentaleb anyone? Calum Chambers?

Barkley is far better than either of them yet is suggests playing for a trendy London club has worked in their favour.

For the full list at the chance to choose your favourite click here. The winner will be announced in December.