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John Stones sends Harry Maguire message ahead of England vs Senegal

John Stones has been discussing his England centre-back partner.

England made it to the last-16 of the World Cup after topping their group with seven points.

The Three Lions now face off with Senegal on Sunday evening for a spot in the quarter-finals.

Senegal are a decent side with a lot of quality players, but they will be without star man Sadio Mane, who missed the World Cup due to injury.

Ahead of the games, John Stones has sent his backing to Harry Maguire.

Maguire has been on the outskirts of the Manchester United set-up this season but has started all three of England’s games so far and looked largely solid.

Now, John Stones has been praising the stopper. He told the PA: “Right from the first game, the best response is what he’s (Maguire) been doing,” the Manchester City centre-back said.

“That’s a great credit to him. I have spoken at length about Harry before and there were lots of questions I got asked. Playing with someone for so many games at England, being through so many moments with him, knowing what he’s been going through at his club as well and the person that he is, I think it speaks volumes about him to come through that and still believe in himself.”

Stones added. “I believe in him, like (how) all the team believes in him,” he added. “His teammates at United believe in him. I think there’s been a lot of noise from the outside which he has not listened to and tried to improve himself, better himself. He’s come into this tournament and hit the ground running, and that is a great credit to him.”

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