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Stones hails Southgate’s unique management ahead of Euro 2020 final

Sat 10 July 2021 | 5:24

John Stones has hailed Gareth Southgate’s management as the center-back is preparing for the Euro 2020 final game where England will meet Italy on Sunday.

The

Manchester City

defender has started every game for

Gareth Southgate

’s England and has helped his side keep five clean sheets in the tournament.

England have made it to the European Championship final for the first time under Gareth Southgate and this is their second major final since the 1966 World Cup.

"Every manager I've had is definitely unique and has their own philosophy,"

Stones told a news conference when asked about Southgate's impact

.

"I think Gareth's created an unbelievable culture within our squad and calmness, it's his unique quality as a person and a manager. He's got great staff around him and an incredible squad with great characters in that, one of his best characteristics is his calmness under pressure.

"His willingness to win – I think that shines through, when you've got a manager with that quality, it passes through the team, you soon jump on board.

"He's got a unique quality of staying calm and it passes through the team. [Against Denmark] it was the first time we had been to extra time [at Euro 2020], we stayed calm, stuck to the game plan and it worked.

"We don't need to change anything, we cover every aspect in our preparation."

At this time in 2020, Stones was linked with a move away from City, but he fought back to retain his position as a key figure for

Pep Guardiola

.

Asked if his struggles at City had helped him, Stones replied: "Yes, a little bit, all those times have made me who I am.

"I'd have liked an easier route but that's football. You have setbacks. I've tried to learn from them, stay positive and true to myself.

"It's a massive moment for me and my family, going through tough times and the hard work and dedication. It's a proud moment and hopefully I get to be in the starting XI."


source: SportMob
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