John Stones withdraws from England squad ahead of friendly with the Ivory Coast


John Stones withdraws from England squad and returns to Man City ahead of friendly with Ivory Coast after picking up an injury during the warm-up before victory against Switzerland

  • John Stones was due to start England’s game with Switzerland at the weekend 
  • He pulled out though after suffering an injury in the warm-up before the game 
  • The FA have now confirmed he will play no part in the clash with Ivory Coast 

John Stones will miss England’s friendly against Ivory Coast having left the camp as an injury precaution.

The 27-year-old was due to start Saturday’s 2-1 friendly win against Switzerland, only to be replaced by Ben White after pulling up in the warm-up.

Boss Gareth Southgate said Stones ‘felt a bit of tightness’ before that match and the Football Association has confirmed he will play no part against the Ivorians on Tuesday.

John Stones has returned to Manchester City and withdrew from England as an injury precaution

Stones (second from right) pulled up during warm-up ahead of England's match with Switzerland

Stones (second from right) pulled up during warm-up ahead of England’s match with Switzerland

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A statement read: ‘John Stones has left the England camp and returned to Manchester City.

‘Having withdrawn from the starting line-up ahead of Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Switzerland at Wembley, the defender has continued to be assessed.

‘After today’s session at Tottenham Hotspur’s training ground, it was decided that Stones would play no part against Cote d’Ivoire on Tuesday and has returned to his club as a precaution.’

Stones (left) was in training on Monday but it has been decided for him to leave the camp

Stones (left) was in training on Monday but it has been decided for him to leave the camp

Stones becomes the seventh player to withdraw from this month’s meet up.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James, Tammy Abraham and Aaron Ramsdale pulled out through injury, before Ramsdale’s replacement Sam Johnstone withdrew and Bukayo Saka tested positive for Covid-19.



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