Stones has expressed his desire for England and Manchester City teammate Raheem Sterling to be awarded player of the tournament at Euro 2020.
Sterling has been in outstanding form this summer, scoring three goals and providing one assist during England’s remarkable run to the World Cup final.
Stones praised his teammate’s efforts before of Sunday’s match against Italy, believing they were strong enough for him to be named the tournament’s best player.
‘I’ve said it all along but I’m a huge fan of Raheem’s,’ John Stones (right) believes Raheem Sterling (left) will be named Euro 2020 player of the tournament. Sterling has been in phenomenal form for England during their journey to the Euro 2020 final.
‘I believe he deserves player of the tournament, and I’d love to see him win it.’
Everything he’s done for us, as well as the unselfish side of his game, goes unmentioned.
‘But, as players, we see it.’
With how direct he’s been in the games, he’s been a huge threat moving forward, and it’s been nice playing with him.
‘I’m sure he’ll give it his all on Sunday, being that direct, and hopefully get another goal and see where it leads us,’ Sterling said. Sterling had a poor season for Manchester City, scoring only one goal in his last 16 games and not being a regular starter in Pep Guardiola’s side.
Last season, Sterling was in and out of Manchester City’s starting lineup and struggled to score goals. Nevertheless, the City winger has been a key part of England’s march to the final, and Stones lauded Sterling’s ability to overcome a bad season at the Etihad.
He said, ‘I couldn’t be happier for him.’
‘He has gone through some personal difficulties, and I can only speak for myself and what I have experienced, but you can see how it has inspired him, and he has emerged a stronger player as a result.’
‘That is what top, top players do – they find something or a method to flourish and excel as a person and as a player when things aren’t going well, and Raheem has done that on and off the pitch, so all I can say is that he truly deserves it.’