John Stones was at fault for two goals as England slipped to defeat against Holland in the National League on Thursday (Picture: Getty)Kevin de Bruyne has launched a passionate defence of his Manchester City teammate John Stones after the England centre-half was at fault for two goals in Thursday’s Nations League defeat against Holland.
Gareth Southgate’s side suffered semi-final heartache after Stones was caught napping in the build-up to Kyle Walker’s unfortunate own goal and then played Ross Barkley into trouble, providing Quincy Promes with the opportunity to clinch the match and a place in the final against Portugal.
Stones has carved out a reputation as a composed, ball-playing centre-half and his bravery on the ball has regularly been praised by his club manager Pep Guardiola.
The 25-year-old was, however, heavily criticised for taking unnecessary risks against Holland but De Bruyne sympathised with Stones and believes those mistakes would never have occurred were he playing for City, given the quality Guardiola’s side possesses, particularity in midfield.
He said: ‘For me I think he played a good game except from the mistake he made.
‘When you play in a team like we do at City where we play out from the back and give each other options then go to another team and try to do the same but you don’t get the options that you get in your normal team then it is very difficult.
‘Everybody knows what John’s strengths are but obviously he can’t do it by himself he needs the help there.
Kevin de Bruyne believes Ross Barkley was at fault for Holland’s third goal against England (Picture: Getty)‘That’s what happened I think with the third goal this ball that he gave to Barkley, with us it would be fine.
‘That ball would probably go to Fernandinho, Gundogan or the keeper and we would play it out from the back.
‘It’s something we are used to. We trained that way for three years. People have to look at the full concept but obviously when you make mistakes people will judge you.’
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