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England defender, John Stones may feature in midfield

 Manchester City and England defender John Stones

England defender John Stones may be used in a holding midfield role as manager Gareth Southgate plots a route to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Stones did not feature in Saturday's 2-2 qualifying draw with Scotland.

But the Manchester City player could figure in his familiar centre-back role for Tuesday's friendly against France.

Southgate, who has used the 23-year-old in midfield in training, said: "He has all the attributes and capabilities to play as a holding midfield player."

The former under 21s boss, who also figured as a central defender and midfielder during his England career, added: "I think we want defenders who can bring the ball out and show composure. I think he could do either of those jobs.

"You've asked me if he's an option [in midfield]. I think he is. He's a player who is very comfortable receiving possession.

"He obviously hasn't done that yet, really, so that's a decision we have to make - but do I believe he can play that role? Absolutely."


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