Manchester City defender John Stones has backed club teammate Raheem Sterling for the big award at the end of Euro 2020 on Sunday. Stones praised Raheem Sterling and the quality shown by the petite forward for the Three Lions in a chat with reporters at a press conference this week as England prepare to take onItaly in the final game of the Euro 2020 tournament.
Stones believes that Raheem Sterling is on course to win the player of the tournament for the form shown by the Manchester City attacker since Euro 2020 started. Sterling was the only England player target in the group stage as the Three Lions scored just twice to proceed to the knockout stage from Group D as top spot recipients. Sterling scored in the first game of the tournament for England in a 1-0 win over Croatia before repeating the same feat in the 1-0 win over the Czech Republic in the Three Lions’ final game in their group. In between the two games, England and Scotland played out a goalless draw.
Stones told reporters that Sterling is ready to give his all against the Italians at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday and hopefully get a goal along the way to improve his chances of winning the best player at the tournament. He has been impressed with how Sterling was able to bounce back from a disappointing second half of the season at Manchester City and an even more disappointing Champions League final performance against Chelsea when City manager Pep Guardiola stunned everyone by giving him a spot in his starting XI.
On Kane, Stones praised the Spurs’ striker’s leadership qualities as he pointed out that he’s an incredible person off the field which stands out more than his quality on the pitch. Stones and Kane have previously represented England together at the u-20 FIFA World Cup and the u-21 UEFA European Championship.