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Football: Southgate praises Stones’ resilience after a mistake against Poland

England boss Gareth Southgate praised the response of John Stones after the defender recovered from gifting Poland an equaliser to set up Harry Maguire's winner in a close-run World Cup qualifier. The Three Lions dominated possession in the first-half and led through a Harry Kane penalty, only for Brighton striker Jakub Moder to pounce on Stones and steal possession before equalising. Stones would regain his composure and head a corner back across goal for Maguire to fire home an 85th-minute strike to earn a 2-1 win and give England three wins from three in Group I. England's next competitive game will be the first match of the rescheduled European Championship and - with Stones starting all three March fixtures - Southgate was pleased with the reaction of the Manchester City man. "Every player is going to make mistakes in games and sometimes they will be punished," he said. "What you're looking for is the reaction to see how they respond. It would be easy to fold in those moments, John didn't and that was an important factor in us staying in the game,"

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  • Released : 05-Apr-2021

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