As John Stones faces Everton for the first time since his £50m move... it's clear Pep Guardiola is moulding him into the complete defender
There was a moment during England’s draw in Slovenia this week when John Stones, facing his own goal and being chased down by a forward, thought about performing a step-over in a bid to evade his pursuer. He thought about keeping the ball alive and going back to Joe Hart, too.
Instead, ignoring his instincts, he simply turned before booting clear. There was soon another example of this not-so-subtle change in Stones’ mindset, when again he dispensed with class and went for caution, hoofing downfield as the pressure mounted on a ragged England.
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