Stones: England can replicate Manchester City

By: Dean Carr

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John Stones says England have the capacity and quality to adopt a similar brand of football to his club side Manchester City.

Stones has made a positive individual start to the season for City, playing a key part in a defence which has conceded just two goals in their opening seven games, while their attack has netted an impressive 22 times.

Pep Guardiola is renowned for endorsing an open style of football and the 23-year-old centre-back insists England have the attacking flair to play an attractive style of play, as they prepare to face Slovenia and Lithuania.

"We have the players to do it," he said. "It is difficult to bring how you play in the Premier League into international football - it is so different.

"But we are always striving to be better and there is a lot of likeness between how City play to international football, as with Tottenham and various other clubs.

"To try to gel those things is difficult - I suppose that is where football is evolving. It is changing, it is not where it was 20 years ago.

"As long as England win and keep clean sheets and keep bettering themselves every year - and hopefully making the nation proud - that is all that matters.

"That we keep making steps forward and keep progressing and trying to do our best for ourselves, our families and the nation."

Victory against Slovenia on Thursday evening at Wembley would secure England’s place at the World Cup in Russia next summer, with forward Marcus Rashford saying it’s all about results at this level of football.

“When you’re there, it’s all about winning,” he said when asked whether he enjoyed competing.

“I’ll be honest with you, it is difficult to see it as a positive when you’re losing because in those games you don’t have the chance to get it back. If it’s for your club and it’s a league game, if you lose a game you have another game next week and you can kind of  redeem yourself.

“It’s not like that at tournament football and that’s why it was so, so disappointing and hard to take.”

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