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Stones to cut short holiday to help Man City

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hails John Stones' versatility

MANCHESTER, England -- Kyle Walker could miss Manchester City's Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday, but John Stones is ready to continue in his place.

Walker, 28, missed Saturday's 5-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday with a muscle problem, and Stones could keep the right-back role he filled against the Clarets.

"He can't play winger, attacking midfielder or striker -- no way," Pep Guardiola joked when asked about Stones' versatility.

"I think it's good for the young players...

Manchester City's John Stones: Raheem Sterling will overcome 'ridiculous' criticism

MANCHESTER -- John Stones has backed teammate Raheem Sterling to brush off criticism and continue to perform for England.

The Manchester City pair join up with the national team this week for the first time since helping them to the World Cup semifinals and a best finish for 28 years in the summer.

Sterling, who scored in City's 2-1 win over Newcastle United on Saturday, was the focus of attention before Russia 2018 even started after a controversial gun tattoo, while criticism continued at the...

Manchester City's John Stones to cut short holiday to help Premier League title defence

John Stones is ready to cut short his summer break to start work early on Manchester City's title defence.

City's World Cup players have been given at least four weeks off with none of those involved at Russia -- including Ilkay Gundogan, who was knocked out at the group stage, set to be part of the preseason International Champions Cup in the United States.

And with seven of City's squad making it as far as the semifinals, Pep Guardiola faces going into the opening game of the season at Arsenal...

Harry Maguire stars, Jordan Pickford stands tall as England reach semifinals

Before England bounced Sweden, a hatful of ESPN FC correspondents weigh in on whether "it's coming home" in the latest episode of Project Russia.

Goals in each half from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli helped England secure their first World Cup semifinal appearance since 1990 with a convincing 2-0 victory over Sweden in Samara.

Maguire powered in Ashley Young's corner in the 30th minute, and Alli made sure of the win when he nodded in Jesse Lingard's floated cross just before the hour mark, while Jordan Pickford was in inspired form at the other end to prevent Sweden from threatening a comeback.

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One of the most thrilling England...

England's John Stones: Colombia are the dirtiest team I have come up against

John Stones described Colombia as "probably the dirtiest team" he has ever played against and praised England for showing "massive character" to resist the provocation and adversity they faced at Spartak Stadium and reach the World Cup quarterfinals.

After a game with 36 fouls and eight yellow cards, both teams ended the match less than satisfied with referee Mark Geiger and Colombia manager Jose Pekerman accused England of faking fouls in the ill-tempered contest.

Colombia's aggression angered England...

John Stones, Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier impress for clinical England

England recorded their biggest-ever win at a World Cup finals in Nizhny Novgorod, beating an overmatched and ill-disciplined Panama side 6-1 to book their place in the Round of 16 with a game to spare.

Harry Kane scored a hat trick to move to the top of the Golden Boot race, while John Stones also found the net twice and Jesse Lingard curled in a spectacular strike as Gareth Southgate's men showed the clinical edge so lacking in their opening game against Tunisia.

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The ruthlessness only...