John Stones insisted that England’s 1-0 win over Slovakia in Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge was nothing like the 0-0 draw between the two sides at Euro 2016.
Roy Hodgson’s England had 29 shots – with Stones not in the side – while Allardyce’s England had 20 against the same side and finally scored through Adam Lallana in the 96th minute.
“No it didn’t remind me of Saint Etienne at all,” said Stones, who was lauded for his performance.
“Me and a few of the other players were saying ‘keep patient, keep playing the way we are doing and keep grinding them down’ because they were getting further and further back towards the end of the game and there were more balls going in the box and more chances being created.
“I just sensed something was coming which is a great quality to have in the team.
“I think we always believed in our ability and there were no nerves or thoughts about the Euros in our minds tonight and I think that showed in our performance.
“It was a bit slow and edgy at the start but we stuck to our game plan and kept playing our football. A clean sheet and late win is a good result.”