Barnsley's John Stones looks a picture of dejection after set-back

These are trying times for Barnsley-born centre back John Stones.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 28 March, 2018, 08:21
England's John Stones is substituted during the international friendly match at Wembley Stadium, Pic: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

The defender, 23, has spoken of his difficulties at Manchester City is “difficult”, where he has started just two of the club’s last nine matches.

He was a regular for City in the first few months of what looks like being a championship-winning season, but has featured far less frequently since suffering a hamstring injury in November.

Stones was picked for England on Tuesday night for the Wembley friendly against Italy, suffered some early jitters before picking up a knock and being substituted by Jordan Henderson which meant Eric Dier dropping back into the central defence.