John Stones has not been immune to ridicule since moving to Manchester City in 2016.
In fact, the defender’s shaky moments at the back have been highlighted, with some critics claiming that the former Barnsley player was not worth the £50m City paid Everton for him.
Under Pep Guardiola’s guidance, Stones has improved and he now finds himself as a regular in the England national team
At the World Cup in Russia the 24-year-old has been part of Gareth Southgate’s back three in each of the nation’s four games so far.
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In the Three Lions’ second match against Panama, the centre-back scored twice, and he put in a solid display in Tuesday night’s last-16 encounter against Colombia.
Stones was part of a team that won a penalty shootout for the first time in England colours at a World Cup as they defeated their opponents 4-3 from the spot.
After the match @City_Watch listed the defender’s statistics from the match, and fans were quick to praise their player, but also predicted criticism from rivals.
John Stones for #ENG tonight:
90.7% pass accuracy
3 aerials won
Quality performance! pic.twitter.com/oW6xgjK1Aq
— City Watch (@City_Watch) July 3, 2018
Stones is back ?
— Nico. (@DeBrxyne17) July 3, 2018
— Mohal Kukyan (@mohalkukyan16) July 3, 2018
Funny he’s lynched for slightest mistakes but this will go uncredited just like his two goal performance against Panama
— Banana Centurion (@PoznanOutbreak) July 3, 2018
— Raz ?? (@RazStxrling7) July 3, 2018
Sir John Stones
— JackMarriott5 (@JackMarriott101) July 3, 2018
& he still gets slandered. He’s class. Simple!
— George Fox (@georgefox01) July 3, 2018
World class performance
— Todd DeWitte (@DeWitteTodd) July 3, 2018
Was indeed but he’ll get slated
— Geoff Donkin (@BeverleyBlue) July 3, 2018