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John Stones happy with Manchester City start, dreams to be England captain

His amazing form at the club level might lead to a captain's armband for his country

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John Stones has had an amazing start to his early Manchester City career, and it has earned him another call-up to the England squad. Stones is likely to start for his country in the next two World Cup Qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia, and he hopes to maintain his form.

Stones didn't struggle at all to adapt to Pep Guardiola's style of football, and continues to display great quality to play the position with and without the ball. The challenge for John is to keep improving his level, and that might lead to him wearing the captain's armband — both for his club and his country.

“I felt I was improving at Everton and I’m working hard to continue that with my new club. I’m just enjoying the way things are going and trying to play my best and express myself as much as possible during games.

“I try and set high standards for myself. I try to maintain those each time I play and I want to keep progressing as a player and a person both on and off the pitch.

“I’m really enjoying being at City; we’ve had a good start and obviously winning helps, too - especially when the boys are scoring the goals at one end and we’re keeping clean sheets at the other which is, of course, massive for defenders.

“I’m learning a new style and getting to know my team-mates but overall I couldn’t have asked for things to have gone much better in my first two months.

“I don’t really think about [being England captain] – I’m just enjoying playing for my Club and winning caps for my country but if it did happen, it would be fantastic.

“It’s every kid’s dream to captain their country and have that status and I’m no different, so if it does happen in the future, I’d be over the moon, but as I say, it’s not something I’m thinking about too much just now.

“Being called up for England is the biggest honour you can get as a player so I’m just happy with the way things are going with City and my country.”