Manchester City defender John Stones is back in contention for the Three Lions of England ahead of the rescheduled Euro 2020 later this year. The Daily Mail revealed that the ex-Barnsley and Everton centre back is in England contention ahead of Euro 2020 which kicks off in various countries later this year. Euro 2020 was initially scheduled to take place last summer before the tournament was postponed as a result of the effects of the dreaded Coronavirus Pandemic. Euro 2020 became Euro 2021 as a result of the postponement though organising body, UEFA confirmed that the tournament will retain Euro 2020 rather than Euro 2021.
John Stones won’t have played at Euro 2020 if the tournament had taken place last summer but the postponement has allowed him to play his way into England contention for the tournament this summer as a result of his form for Manchester City in the last two months.
He is now a mainstay of the Manchester City defence after forming a potent centre back partnership with new signing Ruben Dias. England manager Gareth Southgate is said to be a big fan of John Stones as confirmed by the Daily Mail. He named John Stones last in his England squad in 2019 and he’s on course to make a return to the squad especially with Liverpool centre back Joe Gomez ruled out for many months.
John Stones had made 12 appearances for Manchester City this season until the Manchester Derby clash with hosts Manchester United on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup. He was given a start in the game as the centre back partner of Ruben Dias and he was responsible with the opening goal on 50 minutes before Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho scored the clinching goal in the final ten minutes to take the holders of the competition into the Carabao Cup final thanks to a 2-0 away win over their rivals.