John Stones opens up on setbacks

Manchester City defender John Stones has opened up on the difficulties he faced during 2019/20 season as he looks forward to represent England in the Euro 2020 final against Italy on Sunday. The defender forged a formidable partnership with Ruben Dias to win the Premier League with Manchester City.

Stones looked heading for the exit at the beginning of last season after being sidelined due to a dip in his performances for Manchester City. However, the defender decided to stay and fight for his place. Speaking to reporters ahead of the Euro 2020 final, Stones admitted his progress has been due to him remaining positive during setbacks. He added “All those times have made me who I am now, I wish there was an easier route but that’s football.”

In all walks of life you have setbacks, I’ve tried to learn from them and stay positive, stay true to myself. Sunday is a massive moment for me and my family especially.”

Going through tough times you see all the hard work and the dedication, the things people don’t recognise, they come to the front of my mind and make me realise why I worked so hard.”

It’s a proud moment, hopefully I get to be in the starting XI and experience what we’ve experienced at Wembley. It’s been special.”

England, who won a major international tournament last in 1966 have a great opportunity to rewrite history if they defeat Italy. However, Stones insists he is not think too much and trying to focus only on the game. He added “I daren’t think about it. I think from my personal perspective it’s approaching the game how we have every other game, every other game we go out as professionals and giving everything.”

From the outside and what I’m hearing from people is the England team, whoever plays or comes on or has contributed in the past few years, everyone has given everything for the shirt and the nation.”

We all love the England team growing up as fans, to be able to play for them now we cherish it and it’s a special moment. People say they love watching us and how we represent the country and that’s something we should be proud of as players.”

Source: Manchester Evening News

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