John Stones

John Stones has been excluded from England’s squad ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against Ivory Coast at Wembley.

The center-back was scheduled to start against Switzerland on Saturday but was forced to be withdrawn at the last minute and replaced with Arsenal’s Ben White owing to stiffness in the warm-up.

Gareth Southgate did not rule Stones out of consideration for the Ivory Coast match following Saturday’s victory, but the 27-year-old has returned to Manchester City as a precaution.

An update on read: “John Stones has left the England camp and returned to Manchester City. Having withdrawn from the starting line-up ahead of Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Switzerland at Wembley, the defender has continued to be assessed.

“After today’s session at Tottenham Hotspur’s training ground, it was decided that Stones would play no part against Côte d’Ivoire on Tuesday and has returned to his club as a precaution.”

Stones has played 20 times for Man City this season in all competitions, including the full 90 minutes in each of his team’s previous three Premier League games due to Ruben Dias’ hamstring injury.


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