Wed, 15 Sep 2021 11:04:24 GMT
John Stones has played nine times for England since his last appearance for Manchester City
It feels like an age since Manchester City played Chelsea in the Champions League final in Porto. Kai Havertz’s goal three minutes before the break was enough to give Chelsea a 1-0 victory and make them European champions for the second time. That game at the end of May was also the last time John Stones turned out for Manchester City.
Stones enjoyed a renaissance under Pep Guardiola last season, forging a solid centre-back partnership with Rúben Dias as City won the title while conceding just 32 goals in 38 games, the best defensive record in the league. He was rewarded with a five-year deal in early August and must have been expecting to keep his shirt this season. However, it has not worked out that way for the 27-year-old. Stones has played nine times for England – featuring in all seven of their matches at Euro 2020 and in two World Cup qualifiers – since he last played for City.