Pep Guardiola explains John Stones availability in England despite missed Man City departure – .

Pep Guardiola explains John Stones availability in England despite missed Man City departure – .

John Stones will join the England squad with the blessing of Pep Guardiola despite missing the first three games of the season.
The Manchester City defender was the first choice last season, alongside Ruben Dias, but in the last two games – both wins 5-0 – Dias has been paired with Aymeric Laporte.

Kevin De Bruyne and England Stones teammate Phil Foden also missed the start of the season and were unable to join their national teams as the Blues try to prepare them for the tricky trip to Leicester in a fortnight.

But Stones will join Gareth Southgate’s side for the World Cup qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and Poland with full support from Guardiola.

The 26-year-old defender was one of City’s latest arrivals to return from holiday after going all the way to the Euro 2020 final with England in July, so he was out of form for the Community Shield or the Premier League’s first game at Spurs. .

But he was also not in the squad for the big win over Norwich last week and watched from the substitutes bench as the Blues followed with the same score against Arsenal.

Guardiola is normally adamant that his players aren’t playing for their national teams when they haven’t been available for him, but he sees Stones as a different situation, believing that leaving with England will be good for Stones.

“John arrived late, and after we came back for Game 2 he had a problem with his leg, he got injured,” said the City boss.

“And this week was the first week he started training in the week. Ruben and Aymeric played so it’s good.

“It’s good for the national team – I hope they can take care of him and he can take care of himself.

“And it will be important to keep the training sessions going, he needs them and the pace playing with the national team will be good for us. “


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