John Stones back into contention for a place in England squad at rescheduled Euro 2020 after impressive return to form at Manchester City… with Gareth Southgate a huge fan of centre back
- John Stones has made a return to form under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City
- He is now back in contention for place in England’s squad at Euro 2020 this year
- Stones has not been in an England squad since 2019 but that could all change
- Gareth Southgate is a huge fan of his character, and Joe Gomez is out injured
Manchester defender John Stones has propelled himself back into Euro 2020 reckoning following his impressive return to form.
Having lost his place as a regular starter under Pep Guardiola, central defender Stones has not been named in one of Gareth Southgate’s squads since November 2019.
But the 26-year-old is back playing regularly at the Etihad, which has not gone unnoticed by England boss Gareth Southgate.
John Stones is back in form at Manchester City and could earn himself an England recall
Stones (right) has not played for England since November 2019 but could change that soon
With Joe Gomez set to miss this summer’s European Championships due to a serious knee injury sustained whilst on international duty Stones’ re-emergence has arrived at an opportune time.
The defender has made 12 appearances so far this season, and appears to be firmly back in favour with Guardiola.
Whether Stones can gatecrash England’s squad for the start of their World Cup qualification campaign in March – and the Euros in June – will be dependent on regular football.
Stones (right) is back in favour under Pep Guardiola (centre) once again at the Etihad
Gareth Southgate is a huge fan of Stones’ character and thinks he suits tournament football
But if Southgate is satisfied the level of action Stones is seeing in the next eight weeks he will give serious consideration to recalling the a defender, who played a key role in England’s euphoric run to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018.
Southgate is a huge admirer of Stones’ character and believes he is perfectly suited to tournament football.
Euro 2020 was postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic and is scheduled to kick off on June 11.
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