John Stones set to receive England fate following Gareth Southgate assessment

In the midst of his early-mid season renaissance, John Stones is set for a recall to the England squad, reports the Telegraph’s James Ducker.
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In the midst of his early-mid season renaissance, John Stones is set for a recall to the England squad, reports the Telegraph’s James Ducker.

Gareth Southgate has reportedly been 'greatly encouraged' by the Manchester City defender’s dramatic return to form this season and is ready to reward him with a call-up for March’s World Cup qualifiers.

After nearly two full seasons of patchy fitness and reported problems in his personal life, the young defender has worked himself back into the regular starting eleven for Pep Guardiola, and now perhaps into the England squad.

The 26 year-old has been at the forefront of Manchester City’s drastic improvements in defence. Not only has Stones been on the pitch for 10 clean sheets this season, he has also pitched in with three goals - the most impressive of which was the opener, and winner, in City’s 2-0 win at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup semi-final.

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A formidable partnership has been built with summer recruit Ruben Dias - who has kick started his life at the Etihad Stadium with some incredible performances at the heart of the back four for the Sky Blues.

The form has, for the large majority of games over the past two months, ensured that Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake have remained sidelined, even during games where they have been deemed fully match fit.

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