John Stones injury update provided ahead of England's clash with Cote d'Ivoire


An update on the wellbeing of Manchester City and England defender John Stones has been provided, on the back of the latter's meeting with Switzerland on Saturday.

For those not aware, Stones was named as part of the initial starting XI chosen by Gareth Southgate to take to the Wembley pitch this evening.

Just moments prior to kick-off, however, word was forthcoming that the 27-year-old had been replaced in the Three Lions' line-up by Arsenal stopper Ben White.

This came owing to what was described simply as an injury during England's warm-up:

In turn, speaking on the back of the action coming to a close in London a short time ago, Gareth Southgate was inevitably asked for an update on Stones' wellbeing.

And, in what will no doubt come as a relief to all at Manchester City, the England boss went on to confirm that the defender could yet return to play a role in the nation's meeting with the Ivory Coast this coming Tuesday:

"We don't think it is too bad and could be ready for the next game. No point risking him in a game like this."

Kane bags the winner

Despite the absence of a key member of their backline this evening, England, when all was said and done, got the better of Switzerland courtesy of a 2-1 triumph.

After Breel Embolo handed the visitors the lead courtesy of a fine header midway through the first-half of action, Luke Shaw drew the Three Lions level with a powerful drive from the edge of the area on the stroke of the interval:

And the turnaround was complete a little over ten minutes from time, as Harry Kane stepped up to slot home from the penalty spot, in the process drawing level with Bobby Charlton as the 2nd-highest goalscorer in the history of the English national team:

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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