Stones shows Guardiola he should be first choice at Manchester City

John Stones was handed the huge responsibility of being the anchor in England’s three-man defence during the World Cup.

With Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire on either side of him, the 24-year-old was consistently strong and he played with confidence and passion throughout the tournament.

Unfortunately for Stones and his fellow Lions, England’s campaign ended at the semi-final stage in a 2-1 defeat to Croatia in extra time.

Gareth Southgate’s men did the nation proud, but in particular, Stones’s performance should give Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola something to think about.

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Even though the result did not go England’s way on the night, Stones was at the centre of some positive defensive spells.

The former Everton star made the second-most clearances over the course of the clash, with Kyle Walker only bettering him with 13.

As well as committing some crucial tackles and interceptions, Stones’s passing accuracy was almost perfect.

At the moment, the centre-back is fourth in the pecking order at City, behind Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte.

However, following his displays on the global stage, Guardiola may want to rejig his lineup.