Maguire defends Stones after his England error against Poland
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Maguire defends Stones after his England error against Poland

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has defended his Man City counterpart John Stones after the latter’s error in England’s win over Poland on Wednesday night.

Stones was robbed just outside his own box by Moder who emphatically fired beyond Nick Pope after some receiving the ball back from Milik in what was the first shot on target England had faced in the group.

Maguire then lashed in a fierce effort of his own five minutes from time, latching on to a knock-down by Stones at a corner, ensuring the Three Lions made it three wins from as many games on the road to Qatar 2022.

Speaking after the game, the United defender said: "John has been brilliant this year. Defenders make mistakes and when we do we get scrutinized. He's had a great year, a great camp as well. He made one little mistake but made up for it with a great header at the back post, that's what he's there for.

"I said to him to just keep going, keep going and we'll get the win and we managed to do that."

While Stone has been brilliant for his club, there has been a tendency by him to go off in games. Since joining City before the 2016-17 season, only six outfield Premier League players have made more mistakes leading to shots than Stones (12) has across all competitions, while Granit Xhaka (eight) and Dejan Lovren (seven) are the sole individuals to have brought on more goals with mistakes than the England man (six).

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