Manchester City ace will be fit for England’s last 16 World Cup game

first_img 1 But Stones, 24, was substituted at half-time for Harry Maguire and appeared on the bench with heavy strapping and ice around his calf in a game where England were forced to settle with second place in Group G after losing the game 1-0.Southgate assured reporters after the game that Stones will be available to face the South American side as England look to win their first knockout game at a major tournament since the 2006 World Cup.The former Everton man had a mixed 2017/18 campaign for City but has enjoyed a solid World Cup so far which saw him bag a brace during England’s second group game – a 6-1 victory over Panama.And Stones was thankful that the manager of the national team has kept faith in him.“I spoke to Gareth (Southgate), and there were some little injuries and things that weren’t said out in public,” he said. “That’s why I wasn’t in the squad as much.“Gareth’s shown a lot of faith in me. I can’t express enough how thankful I am for that.”talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. John Stones will be fit enough to play Colombia in the last-16 of the World Cup, according to England boss Gareth Southgate.The Manchester City defender was one of three players to keep their place in the starting line-up for the Three Lions’ third group game against Belgium.center_img Stones wore heavy strapping and ice around his calf after being taken off at half-time last_img