JOHN STONES reckons quadruple-chasing Manchester City can help England win Euro 2020.
John Stones, with the Premier League trophy in 2019, hopes winning trophies with Manchester City will lead to England glory this summerCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Stones, here at the 2018 World Cup, returns to the England squad after a two-year absenceCredit: Getty
The former Everton centre-back, whose team face San Marino in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday, said: “If we can bring that winning mentality into the England squad it would be invaluable.
“It would be massive for us if we can keep pushing and keep fighting at City until the end of the season and see what happens.
“I’d love everyone in the England squad to be coming in camp after winning something but that’s not possible.”
Stones, who has 39 caps, has not played for England since facing Montenegro in November 2019.
But he is certain to feature in the World Cup qualifiers which will also see the Three Lions visit Albania on Sunday and then entertain Poland on Tuesday.
And he revealed his nerves before getting the text saying he was in the squad.
He added: “I was at home the other day, waiting for the text to see if I was in. Time goes a bit slower when you are sat about, waiting for something to happen. It was a special moment. A really special moment.
“It was a relief. I was very nervous. I had worked so hard and I was hearing people say “you should be in”. But I didn’t take any of that in until the text arrived. I wanted to hear from a good source! I was absolutely made up.
Stones has a laugh with Kyle Walker at trainingCredit: Getty
ENGLAND RECORD SINCE STONES’ LAST GAME
SINCE John Stones last played for England against Montenegro (above) the Three Lions have won six, drawn one and lost two.
Nov 17, 2019 Kosovo (a) W 4-0
Sep 5, 2020 Iceland (a) W 1-0
Sep 8, 2020 Denmark (a) D 0-0
Oct 8, 2020 Wales (h) W 3-0
Oct 11, 2020 Belgium (h) W 2-1
Oct 14, 2020 Denmark (h) L 1-0
Nov 12, 2020 Rep of Ireland (h) W 3-0
Nov 15, 2020 Belgium (a) L 2-0
Nov 18, 2020 Iceland (h) W 4-0
“It was very tough watching England at home on TV and I think it would be the same for everyone.
“You feel a bit helpless that you can’t contribute and be a part of the squad, but I used it as a motivation to strive to be better.
“So when I got the text the other day, it was a great feeling to be back involved and see all the faces I’ve got some great memories with.
“Me and the manager texted now and then. We’ve worked together for so many years now, from the U21s. I’m sure he’s like that with everyone else. He’s that type of character and wants to make you feel involved, which is great.”
Boss Gareth Southgate has delivered a big speech to the squad stressing that the road to the World Cup in Qatar next year starts now.
He urged the importance of the three qualifiers and that the players should forget any negativity about the number of games they are having to play.
England’s players last night staged a meeting over whether to take the knee before the three games.
The squad are now aware they will not be breaking any rules if they choose to do so.