rss

Category: John Stones

0

Pep Guardiola urges England to exempt John Stones from Euro 2020 duty

• Manchester City centre-back called up by Gareth Southgate• Defender has been out for two weeks with a groin injuryPep Guardiola has urged England to allow John Stones not to report for duty, saying the Manchester City defender is unfit for the Euro 2…

0

Rock solid John Stones shows quiet magnificence for Manchester City | Barney Ronay

The England defender, who has regularly been picked out for his mistakes in the past, often goes unnoticed when at his bestJohn Stones didn’t make much of an impression in the Manchester derby: didn’t register on the headline stats, wasn’t singled out …

0

John Stones tells England to start new era by healing World Cup wound

• Semi-final defeat still plays on your mind, says Stones• Croatia’s Luka Modric wary of Harry Kane threatJohn Stones has urged England to “set things straight” as they prepare to confront Croatia in the Nations League just 93 days after losing against…

0

John Stones: Colombia were dirtiest team I’ve played against – video

John Stones has called Colombia ‘the dirtiest team I’ve ever played against’ after England’s victory on penalties saw them go into the quarter-finals. The defender commented on the Colombia team surrounding the referee, the headbutt incident with …

0

Colombia ‘the dirtiest team I’ve ever played against,’ says John Stones

• Stones: ‘It showed massive character to keep a cool head’• More than 200,000 sign petition demanding replayJohn Stones has called Colombia “the dirtiest team I’ve ever played against” and praised his England teammates for overcoming a difficult situa…

0

John Stones steps up to become England’s main man in defence

Four years ago Stones did not make the cut for Brazil but now, thanks to Gareth Southgate’s belief, he is a vital part of the national teamWhen John Stones pulled up a seat to discuss his first proper experiences of a World Cup, nobody was impudent eno…

0

John Stones and Gary Cahill construct a case for the England defence

Gareth Southgate’s rearguard is often seen as a weakness but the side has conceded only three goals in 10 games including clean sheets against Brazil and GermanyWhen it comes to rating England’s chances at the World Cup the obvious place to start is wi…

0

John Stones to enlist Guardiola’s help to make up for lost England time

• Manchester City defender spent all of Euro 2016 on bench• Adam Lallana praises Gareth Southgate despite missing outJohn Stones is intent upon making his mark at the World Cup after the disappointment of watching Euro 2016 from the substitutes bench, …

0

England keeper trial a great way to go into World Cup, says Jack Butland

• Stoke No1 out to stake his claim against Italy at Wembley• ‘Whoever is selected comes in off a battle, which is what you want’Jack Butland has welcomed the competition for places for the England goalkeeper’s jersey, with only three games to play befo…

0

Southgate says England will take huge belief from Brail and Germany draws

• Manager senses his team are repairing bond with England fans• Joe Gomez, John Stones and Harry Maguire praised in new systemGareth Southgate believes England’s hard-won goalless draws against Brazil and Germany have helped repair the bond between the…

0

Why Southgate must wring the most out of John Stones for England | Barney Ronay

The England manager could do a lot worse than take a tip from Pep Guardiola and put as much energy as possible into wringing the most out of John Stones

This time. More than any other time. We’re going to find a way. Find a way to express key drivers of our unique but non‑prescriptive footballing DNA under a holistic development pathway. Getting it all together. We’re on our way!

Well, that’s all done now. England will be present at Russia 2018 after a room temperature qualifying campaign reached a grippingly dull resolution against Slovenia at Wembley. And really, it is worth remembering that for those who follow England these are the good times. With a place in the velvet ball bag assured we have a small interlude to purr at the prospect of wandering around the vast city-scapes of Europe’s great alien superpower worrying about Gary Cahill’s minor calf strain; to argue with doltish enthusiasm about tactics and selection; and above all to dream a little. Although if you believe the publicity it seems likely Gareth Southgate and his team of FA wonks, hangers-on and brochure‑wanglers are just as likely to spend the next few months worrying about the wider existential questions that have preoccupied the current FA.

Continue reading…

0

Manchester City’s John Stones disappointed with trophy-less season

The most expensive defender in English history looks forward to locking horns with Kylian Mbappé once more when England play France in Paris

Paris on Tuesday is the final stop in John Stones’s inaugural season as the most expensive English defender in history and a reunion with Kylian Mbappé would represent a fitting end to it. The campaign has vindicated his move to Manchester City, the England international insists, but there is also regret over what the Monaco forward and others denied him under Pep Guardiola: the first silverware of a fiercely scrutinised career.

“Very disappointed,” is Stones’s blunt assessment of his first season at the Etihad Stadium. “Purely because we had such a great team and we set the bar high. Disappointed on a personal note too as we all believe we can do better and in games I should have done better, which is what I want to improve on for the future.

Continue reading…

0

How to be a professional footballer, by some of the best players in the game

We sat down with some modern greats – including Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Gascoigne and David Beckham – to ask them what it takes to make the grade

By Copa90 for the Guardian Sport Network

After numerous interviews with some of the best footballers on the planet, we have gained some insight into their careers and how they made it as professionals. We’ve spoken to Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Cesc Fàbregas, David Beckham, Deli Alli, John Stone, Joe Hart, Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand, Kevin De Bruyne, Renato Sanches and many more. What is apparent from every player interviewed is that self-belief, hard work and enjoying the game are key ingredients to becoming a successful footballer. Watch the short film to see what the players have to say about their careers, but we’ve also picked out a few lines below:

Continue reading…

0

Pep Guardiola denies interest in signing Virgil van Dijk for Manchester City

• Manager insists he is happy with central defenders in City squad
• Sidelined John Stones ‘will improve’, says Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has denied that Manchester City will be in the market for a centre-half in January, dismissing in particular reports that he is interested in Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk.

“He is not going to come here – it is impossible,” the City manager said. “At this stage I don’t think we will be buying anyone in January but that could change over the next few weeks. We might need to strengthen in one position, maybe a full-back, but right now I have no immediate plans.”

Continue reading…

0

Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola enjoys working with John Stones

• ‘He realises his mistakes, he knows he can get better,’ says City manager
• ‘Gerard Piqué was quite similar when he came to Manchester United’

Pep Guardiola believes John Stones has similar attributes to Gerard Piqué at the same age and rejects suggestions that he is too soft with the Manchester City defender.

The former England manager Glenn Hoddle has accused Guardiola of not pushing the player signed from Everton in the summer for £47.5m. “I agree with him, I’m so nice with John. So nice,” the City manager countered. “I think I’ll keep going with that. With John, you cannot forget, he’s only 22 years old.

Continue reading…

0

John Stones backs Gareth Southgate for England and praises ruthlessness

• ‘I can’t see why he couldn’t take on the senior England role,’ says defender
• Marcus Rashford likely to start up front against Malta on Saturday

Gareth Southgate has the required ruthless streak to be England’s next permanent manager, according to John Stones, and members of his first squad are impressed with the time he has taken to speak with them on an individual basis since they convened at St George’s Park this week.

Related: Wayne Rooney says Allardyce left him ‘battered’ with carte blanche remark

Continue reading…

0

John Stones: Just keep playing football, it’s all we can do – video

England defender John Stones believes the best way forward for the team is to ‘just keep playing football’. Speaking at a news conference at St George’s Park on Wednesday, Stones says the team are focused on winning for the nation under the direction of interim manager Gareth Southgate, who has already had an impact on the team

Continue reading…

0

John Stones: ‘I feel like there is a weight off my shoulders’

Central defender has thrived since his £47m move Manchester City and will be key to Sam Allardyce’s England against Slovakia on Sunday

If this is – as Sam Allardyce would like us to believe – the beginning of a brave new world for England’s beleaguered national team then it does not need long in the company of John Stones to realise he sees himself as central to it.

That new era begins on Sunday in the City Arena, Trnava, when England take on Slovakia in Allardyce’s first match in charge and Stones lines up in the defensive position that could conceivably be his for the next decade.

Continue reading…

0

Sam Allardyce believes John Stones can be key part of England’s revival

New manager says the central defender will improve at Manchester City under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola

Any Sam Allardyce sceptics who question whether he will be a progressive England manager may wish to hear about his readiness to make John Stones the cornerstone of his rearguard.

The Manchester City defender has often drawn criticism for his inconsistent ability to defend and his desire for over-elaboration: two attributes from which the supposedly pragmatic Allardyce might recoil. The opposite is true, however. Speaking at St George’s Park on Monday, Allardyce was quick to correct a question that billed Stones as potential, instead stating that the 22-year-old has a great chance of being “the thing now”.

Continue reading…