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John Stones may play in Midfield for England in the future

 

Englsh defender John Stones might be utilized as a part of a holding midfield part as coach Gareth Southgate plots a course to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Stones did not play in Saturday’s 2-2 qualifying draw with Scotland.

The former England Under-21 boss, who also played in central defence and midfield for England, added: “I think we want defenders who can bring the ball out and show composure. I think he could do either of those jobs.

Be that as it may, the Manchester City player could figure in his natural center back part for Tuesday’s qualifier against France.

The previous England Under-21 manager, who likewise played in focal guard and midfield for England, included:

Stones had a mixed first season at Manchester City taking after a £47.5m move from Everton the previous summer, missing the conclusion to the 2016-17 Premier League battle with an injury.

He was let well enough alone for Saturday’s match at Hampden Park as Southgate picked to go for the more physical combination of Chelsea defender Gary Cahill and Manchester United’s Chris Smalling.

Southgate said: “Really, he didn’t start because he hadn’t played for seven weeks or maybe a bit more. He’d had an injury and didn’t get back into the team at the end.

“Cahill had played in the FA Cup final, Smalling in the Europa League final. That had a bearing on my decision.

“But John has huge potential. He’ll be a much better player for his experiences at City this year.

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