Manchester City defender John Stones has backed England to ‘give everything’ in their pursuit of the European Championship title.

The Three Lions beat Denmark on Wednesday to set up a final against Roberto Mancini’s Italy at Wembley.

Stones has featured in all six games so far and is expected to start on Sunday. He believes the final will be a ‘massive’ occasion.


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“It’s huge, with it being at Wembley as well it’s even more special – something we could have only dreamt of at the start of the tournament,” he said.

“We’ve got this far now and we’ve grown throughout the tournament and not put too much pressure on ourselves. We’ve overcome some tough tests over the last few years.

“We’ve learned a lot of things and gained a lot of experience and that’s got us to where we are on Sunday. It’s a massive occasion.”

The centre-back was asked if victory this weekend would change his life.

He added: “I daren’t think!

“From my personal perspective it’s approaching the game how we have every other one in this tournament, or at club level, and giving everything.

“From outside what I’ve been hearing is the England team, whoever plays or contributes, has given everything for that shirt in the past few years.

“We all love the England team, growing up as fans, being able to play for them now, we absolutely cherish it.”

Stones joined the group of people heaping praise on manager Gareth Southgate, who has navigated the Euros superbly.

“He has a unique quality of staying calm in situations,” Stones continued. “I think it passes through the team.

“The other day no one panicked, we stayed to the game plan and it worked out well. I don’t think we have to change anything with our preparation.

“There’s a big prize at the end of it that we want to be on the receiving end of.”

When asked about the threat of the Italians, the former Everton man added: “Italian teams have always been defensively solid. The last game against Spain was a tight game and both teams rode their luck.

“They’ve got some attacking flair and outstanding players and that’s why they’re in the final.”





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