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Beginning with news from the England camp, where Stones has admitted he feels Pep Guardiola’s approach has made life easier when adapting to the style of play Three Lions’ boss Gareth Southgate wishes to implement.
Stones told the Independent: “I think we try to bring all the attributes and what we learn under Pep into the England squad, and are open to learn from Gareth as well.
“It stands us in good stead. We work hard on the training pitch under Pep, learn a lot of things, different styles of play, how to play against different formations.
“I think it gives you that head start coming into England, and we can share our ideas as well.”
Meanwhile, with Sane’s Germany preparing to face Brazil on Tuesday night, the winger is hoping his glittering domestic form will translate onto the international stage.
The 22-year-old spoke to journalists ahead of the friendly, with the Daily Mail picking up his quotes: “I always try to show myself in one-on-one (situations) and open up gaps.
“I hope to be able to prove that in games of the national team.
“The coach will prepare us very well for the opponent. Brazil has become much stronger and has a very strong team even without Neymar.
“Each of us is fired up to play against Brazil - and of course we want to win.”
Finally, the talents of De Bruyne and Kompany have been recognised by Crystal Palace’s Joel Ward, who has selected both players in his fantasy five-a-side team.
Speaking to the Eagles’ official website, Ward explained his decision: “I’m going to go out for an all defender in Vincent Kompany to lock up that back. He just wants to smash everyone.
“In midfielder I’ll have the man of the moment, Kevin De Bruyne, to get things going.
“I think it’s simple to say this season especially, he’s stepped into his own and is orchestrating this City team.”
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