Southgate defends picking John Stones despite injury against Belgium

Manchester City player was substituted after 10 minutes‘We have done what Holland did with Van Dijk tonight’

Gareth Southgate defended his decision to start John Stones in the friendly against Belgium after the England centre-back limped off five days before Manchester City’s pivotal game against Arsenal.

It has been a costly international break for City, with Kyle Walker ­having made an early exit ­during England’s defeat against Brazil last Satur­day.

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