Defender Stones might be used in England’s midfield

Manchester City and England defender John Stones

John Stones has won 17 caps for England, carrying finished his entrance as a surrogate in accessible feat over Peru in 2014

England defender John Stones might be used in a holding midfield purpose as manager Gareth Southgate plots a track to a 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Stones did not underline in Saturday’s 2-2 subordinate pull with Scotland.

But a Manchester City actor could figure in his informed centre-back purpose for Tuesday’s accessible opposite France.

Southgate, who has used a 23-year-old in midfield in training, said: “He has all a attributes and capabilities to play as a holding midfield player.”

The former underneath 21s boss, who also figured as a executive defender and midfielder during his England career, added: “I consider we wish defenders who can pierce a round out and uncover composure. we consider he could do possibly of those jobs.

“You’ve asked me if he’s an choice [in midfield]. we consider he is. He’s a actor who is unequivocally gentle receiving possession.

“He apparently hasn’t finished that yet, really, so that’s a preference we have to make – though do we trust he can play that role? Absolutely.”


The former Everton defender helped Manchester City strech a Champions League quarter-finals, where they were beaten by Barcelona

Stones had a churned initial deteriorate during Manchester City following a £47.5m pierce from Everton final summer, blank a finish to a 2016-17 Premier League debate with a robust injury.

He was left out of a compare during Hampden Park on Saturday as Southgate opted to go for a some-more earthy pairing of Chelsea defender Gary Cahill and Manchester United’s Chris Smalling.

Southgate explained: “Really, he didn’t start since he hadn’t played for 7 weeks or maybe a bit more. He’d had an damage and didn’t get behind into a group during a end.

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

“But John has outrageous potential. He’ll be a most improved actor for his practice during City this year. Defending is a ability we learn and he’ll learn a lot with a manager in Pep Guardiola seeking a lot of him with a ball.”