Manchester City defender John Stones says he is determined to return to his best after a tough end to last season. The defender found himself under huge scrutiny after a calamitous error cost England badly in their UEFA Nations League semi-final against Holland in June, a game they lost.
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That also came at the end of a period when Stones had largely found himself out of the City starting eleven as Pep Guardiola’s side closed in on an unprecedented domestic treble. However, Stones has put it all behind him, and after taking time to reflect, is ready to go again. “I love England and playing for England and it was a difficult time. It was a mistake,” he said.
“There were other mistakes in that game that weren’t highlighted as much but that was the pivotal moment I suppose.
“I took some time away in my holidays and reflected. I’ve come back this season fighting for my chance to play again and put that right, and I’m sure I will because I’ve got that strong mindset of putting things right and being honest when you’ve done something wrong. “I held my hands up and I told all my team-mates and the staff there what I’d done wrong, and that we’d move on from that. “I’ve moved on from that and I’ll try to correct that with my performances in the future.”