John Stones says England recall ‘would mean everything’ after Man City heroics

Centre-back has formed a formidable partnership with new signing Ruben Dias

Hardik Vyas
Monday 18 January 2021 09:23
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John Stones: 'Manchester City thrive in the big games'

John Stones has established himself at the heart of the Manchester City defence this season and he hopes his return to form will prompt England coach Gareth Southgate to bring him back into the national squad.

Stones, who has not played for England side since 2019, has forged a formidable centre back partnership with Ruben Dias at City. The pair have conceded one goal in the 10 games they have started together.

Stones, who scored twice in City's 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday, said an England recall "would mean everything".

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"Watching them on TV is something no player wants to do," said Stones. "All I can do is get a run of games and impress Gareth. If it happens it happens."

<p>John Stones in action during the 2018 World Cup</p>

John Stones in action during the 2018 World Cup

Stones was hailed as one of England's brightest talents when he arrived at City in 2016 but struggled to hold down a regular place under Pep Guardiola.

The 26-year-old made just 16 league appearances last season and said he often put too much pressure on himself when he was given an opportunity.

"When you do get a chance, you don't perform because you are putting too much pressure on yourself," he added. "I wanted to be able to look in the mirror and tell myself I was doing everything to get back, to keep the faith, keep grinding away."

With Liverpool defender Joe Gomez out with a knee injury, Stones could return to the England squad for their World Cup qualifiers in March.

Reuters

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