His injury is described by the Football Association as "not serious" but the defender will not be risked for the Group B fixture against Portugal after he clashed heads with a teammate in a practice match and will likely miss the second match against Sweden as well.
Stones, already a full international and first-choice centre half for Everton, was expected to be in Gareth Southgate's starting XI tomorrow but missed training today as a precaution.
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2 Posted 17/06/2015 at 20:31:21
3 Posted 17/06/2015 at 20:34:56
I wonder if we made an offer to Richards. Would have seemed a sensible move for a versatile and athletic player with lots of experience for a 26 year old.
Scott Dann would still be a good one for me. A proper old fashioned centre half who will win almost everything in the air and stop all this conceding from diagonal balls nonsense.
4 Posted 17/06/2015 at 21:54:18
5 Posted 17/06/2015 at 21:49:39
On a serious note, they would be two cracking signings, and certainly keep competition healthy for a places in the team.
6 Posted 17/06/2015 at 22:42:44
And we have two deputies in Browning and Galloway who can come in when needed.
7 Posted 17/06/2015 at 22:01:12
Bringing in good players but still sticking with regulars who took us to 11th spot is not something Mourhino, Keoman or Van Gaal would do and I hope Martinez goes the same route because, right now, weÂre just not good enough. The first half of the recent Spurs game was actually quite embarrassing.
As for Stones and Jags. Well, theyÂre two of my favourite players and IÂd find it hard to drop either of them. LetÂs hope they keep things organised back there.
9 Posted 18/06/2015 at 13:30:22
Exactly, and that is why more attention should be paid to preventing crosses from deep or the bye-line getting into the dangerous areas. Without Pienaar or someone covering that position, opposing full backs have a free rein to run at an unprotected Baines, who often had two men to mark, and ping crosses at Jags and Stones. Consequently Baines took some unnecessary stick on here. Coleman was also left exposed too often for my liking. It needs looking at.
10 Posted 18/06/2015 at 14:51:41
11 Posted 18/06/2015 at 15:07:49
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