Guardiola explains Stones Man City snub, makes England claim

Date published: Sunday 9th February 2020 5:33 - Will Ford

John Stones Pep Guardiola Manchester City

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola claims he is desperate for John Stones to make England’s Euro 2020 squad.

Despite missing Aymeric Laporte for over four months with a serious knee injury, Stones has started less than half of City’s games.

Fernandinho has often filled in at centre-back, resulting in many questioning whether Guardiola has lost faith in the Englishman.

A lack of game time for his club meant he made just two England appearances last year.

But the Spanish boss is hopeful though that the 25-year-old can force his way back into Gareth Southgate’s plans, reports the Mirror.

He said: “I want John to be with the national team. My feeling for him is the same as always.

“I have to make decisions and be honest. It’s not easy when I select Eric Garcia [ahead of Stones], but he played really well and deserved a chance.

“It’s not about a particular reason [that he hasn’t played as often].

“Not just John, but all the players can be selected for national teams. They have to play here as best as possible.”



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