Tuesday, 13 June 2017

John Stones Can Play As A Holding Midfielder- Gareth Southgate

According to England manager Gareth Southgate, Manchester City defender John Stones could play in midfield at some point for England.  The 23 years old sat out England's 2-2 draw with Scotland on Saturday but is likely to feature in Tuesday's friendly against France in Paris.

Stones is normally utilised at the heart of the defence but is comfortable on the ball and Southgate says he considers the player an option for the holding midfield role as well.

He said “Do I believe he can play that role? Absolutely, I think he could do that. We had a look at that in training, in fact. He's a player who is very comfortable receiving possession, he has all the attributes to play as a holding midfield player. He obviously hasn't done that yet really, so that's a decision we have to make. I also think we want defenders who can bring the ball out and show composure. I think he could do either of those jobs. John has huge potential. Defending is a skill you learn and he'll learn a lot with City boss Pep Guardiola asking a lot of him with the ball. He knows the belief we have in him as a player.” 

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