England should use Germany, Belgium exits as inspiration


Al Wakrah, Qatar — John Stones Where is england should use the early exit of Germany And belgium As a reminder not to take their World Cup progress lightly.

Gareth Southgate’s side face Senegal They aim to reach the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 and last summer’s European Championship final in Sunday’s round-of-16 clash at the Al Bayt Stadium.

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The two big nations – Germany and Belgium – are already going home from Qatar after going down in the group stage, Stones told a news conference: “It’s always difficult when you see big teams or big players in teams that You don’t have the success you want or live up to a nation’s expectations or where they see themselves.

“We never want to fall into that category. So I think it’s a huge motivation for us as a reminder to never take anything for granted or who you’re playing against.”

“We can impress everyone with what we’re doing, what games we’re playing and who we’re playing against, giving it our all – I don’t think I should speak on other teams or other generations.” Can help. I don’t want to put too much pressure on us as a team.

“I’m a big believer in controlling everything we can, that’s Sunday’s game, how we approach it, we’ve started this week. We’ve given it our all in every game we’ve played. We’ve never met.” We wanted the result. We looked at that game and thought how well organized they were [and] Took it in the next game.”

Stones also told his centre-back partner harry maguire Deserves respect for ignoring “outside noise” to play a vital role for England in the World Cup.

Maguire relied on some degree of loyalty from Southgate to make the final 26-man squad after starting just nine matches for Qatar. manchester united in all competitions this season.

The 29-year-old was also booed by some England fans while representing his country in March but has brushed off the criticism to put in three solid performances here against Qatar. IranThe United States of america And wales,

“I think from the first game [in Qatar]It was the best reaction to what he’s doing,” Stones said of Maguire.

“All the three games he has played he has been very good and it is about us finding that partnership again whoever we play with. I think we have done that in these three games and now is the time It has come that we keep building and improving and that is a great credit to him.

“I’ve spoken extensively about Harry before, there were a lot of questions that I was asked and playing with someone for so many games in England and having had so many moments with him, knowing that he What is he doing for his club and person.” That is, it says a lot about him.

“To come through that and still believe in myself like I believe in him, like all his teammates believe in him, his teammates at United, and I think there’s a lot of noise from outside Which he didn’t listen to. He’s tried to improve himself and better himself and he’s come into this tournament and hit the ground running and that’s a huge credit to him.”

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