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Stats show Man City defender impressed at World Cup [Opinion]


England were knocked out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage by France, but John Stones is one of many players who can hold his head high after impressing at the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

The 28-year-old came into the World Cup having played as a makeshift right-back for Manchester City but showed Pep Guardiola he can be trusted in a central role again after forging a formidable partnership alongside Harry Maguire.

Stones made five appearances at the tournament, amassing 437 minutes of playing time from a possible 450. He conceded four goals and helped England keep three clean sheets.

From the England squad, no player blocked more shots per game on average than Stones (0.6) and no player averaged more passes per game (90.6). Only Eric Dier (97.6%) had a better pass completion (95.8%), only Maguire (3.6) had more clearances (1.4) and only Maguire (6.6) completed more long-range passes (5.6).

Stones averaged a SofaScore player rating of 7.06 for the tournament, made fewer fouls (0.6) than eight of his teammates and wasn’t dribbled past once by an opponent, so might he have a chance of returning to centre-back for City?

In other news, Pep Guardiola linked with Brazil job as Tite resigns after World Cup disappointment

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