John Stones was immense however the margins are so fantastic at this degree and you’ll be punished for one lapse of focus
- MATCH REPORT: Croatia break England hearts and attain the World Cup ultimate
- For the primary 109 minutes of this semi-final, defender John Stones was unbelievable
- However he switched off for a cut up second permitting Mario Mandzukic to attain winner
- Even smallest lapse of focus can go away you useless within the water at this degree
- World Cup has been necessary studying expertise for Stones and Kyle Walker
Martin Keown for the Each day Mail
For the primary 109 minutes of this semi-final, John Stones was immense. He learn the sport with intelligence, embraced his battle with Mario Mandzukic and noticed a goalbound header cleared off the road in additional time.
However simply 10 minutes after that likelihood, Stones switched off for a cut up second — permitting Mandzukic to grab Croatia’s profitable purpose.
The margins are so fantastic at this degree. I realized shortly that as a defender in worldwide soccer, even the smallest lapse of focus can go away you useless within the water.
John Stones switched off for a cut up second, permitting Mario Mandzukic to attain the winner
Mandzukic is a clumsy buyer. He’s an actual nuisance, getting his arms throughout you and difficult for every thing.
Stones dealt with him fantastically however in additional time, Mandzukic lured England into pondering he was useless on his toes… and stung them once they least anticipated it.
It was the same story for Croatia’s equaliser. Kyle Walker was fairly magnificent at instances however we knew aerial balls within the field might trigger him issues. As a substitute of attacking the ball, he was caught napping and Ivan Perisic beat him to attain.
Kyle Walker was additionally caught napping and Ivan Perisic beat him to attain Croatia’s equaliser
When England have been knocked out at this stage in 1990 it felt like the top of a journey however this appears like the start of a brand new one.
Each Stones and Walker can take away actual positives from Russia.
Stones appears to be like made to play in the course of a again three and Walker has grown into his centre-half position with each recreation.
This World Cup has been an necessary studying expertise from which each defenders will profit.
World Cup has been an necessary studying expertise from which each defenders will profit