Sam Allardyce opens up on John Stones’ England chances: I don’t want potential

23 Aug



“We don’t want potential do we? I want the thing, and right now”


Sam Allardyce

Allardyce said: “We don’t want potential do we? I want the thing, and right now. Potential is something that’s going to be great in the future. I want ‘right now’ and I think he’s got a great chance of becoming ‘right now’ working with City.

“People don’t realise Pep does focus quite a lot on defending. Oh yeah, not just wining the ball back.

“Pique was a little similar at Man United until he went to Barcelona then he became a good defender as well as a great attribute for Barcelona in possession. So he had both. That’s why he stayed there for so long.”

While Stones has been handed a vote of confidence, rookie striker Marcus Rashford’s days in the senior set-up appear on hold.

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