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John Stones snubs Jude Bellingham when naming England player who could be Player of the Tournament in Germany

John Stones snubs Jude Bellingham when naming England player who could be Player of the Tournament in Germany

John Stones named the England player he believes could be Player of the Tournament at the Euro 2024.

John Stones named the England player he believes could be Player of the Tournament at Euro 2024.

The Three Lions kick off their Euro 2024 campaign on Sunday evening against Serbia at the Arena AufSchalke.

Gareth Southgate’s men boast some of the finest attacking talent at the competition, including Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka.

However, centre-back Stones has singled out Manchester City team-mate Foden as a potential Player of the Tournament contender, after a fine Premier League campaign in which he scored 19 goals and provided eight assists as Pep Guardiola’s men claimed a fourth consecutive Premier League title.

When asked if Foden could be a player of the tournament in Germany ahead of the Group C opener against Serbia Stones said: "Yes. I'm biased, I think he's absolutely incredible. First, how he plays the game, so silky playing like he's in the park.

"I feel like he has brought so much to his game. Goals, maturity, knowing of situations, his pressing.

"This season has been incredible for him and I hope and I'm sure he will bring that to the tournament."

With just four goals in 34 caps, Foden has only shown flashes of his talent in an England shirt. However, when asked if the City star should be considered on the same level as world-class players such as Bellingham and Kylian Mbappe: "Yes, 100 per cent.

"I think it probably suits Phil that maybe that [spotlight] is not all on him. We all know the quality that he's got, what he can bring and does for the team.

"I think in these occasions, it's where it brings it out of you and maybe it's time to show the world what he can really do.

Stones believes Foden could be player of the tournament in Germany (Getty)
Stones believes Foden could be player of the tournament in Germany (Getty)

"Hopefully he stays fit and healthy for everyone, especially Phil, I know he was frustrated at the last Euros.

"He got an injury on his foot which kind of stopped him because he was playing incredibly and training really well. That kind of stopped him.

"I feel Phil is someone who doesn't feel anything on the outside, he just plays the game so freely. I hope he comes and does what Phil can do for us, which I know he wants to do. He is very proud of being here and representing his country."

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Topics: England, Euro 2024, John Stones, Phil Foden, Manchester City, Premier League