John Stones draws on his big-game heartaches to map way past Germany

Champions League and World Cup defeats still sting for defender with no fear before England’s last-16 showdown

“I don’t want to swear,” John Stones says when the conversation turns to Manchester City’s defeat by Chelsea in the Champions League final last month. “At the end of the game it was probably one of the worst feelings I have had in football. Getting so far in something and then not succeeding is difficult. I spent a few days after having flashbacks and getting upset.

“That was my first final I have not been successful in. But I learned a lot and next time hopefully it will turn out a different way.”

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