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Why Man City player John Stones' talkSPORT criticism is unfair and inaccurate

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John Stones went from brave new symbol of Gareth Southgate’s adventurous new England to national disgrace in one moment of aberration.

The sight of the defender slipping up to hand Holland the advantage in last week’s European Nations League semi-final brought back a few unhappy memories for Manchester City fans.

And it brought the 25-year-old a cascade of criticism, most of it grossly unfair and inaccurate.

Of all the players that Pep has improved, John is not one of them,” said former Republic of Ireland striker Cascarino.

Unsurprisingly, it was a Talksport talking head who took it to the ultimate, with Tony Cascarino claiming that Stones had not improved as a centre back since leaving Everton three years ago.

That is a puzzling assessment to City fans who have watched Stones go from the hesitant, suspect defender who appeared to be struggling in Pep Guardiola ’s first season to a confident, assertive footballer.

As Kevin De Bruyne said the following day, when prompted to defend his clubmate, Stones plays and trains day in, day out with a well-drilled City squad.
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