Stones pleased with progress

Stones pleased with progress

John Stones believes he is becoming a better player at Manchester City but brushed off talk he could be a future England captain.

Stones is preparing for England's next World Cup qualifier against Malta on Saturday and has been training with the national side at St George's Park this week.

Current skipper Wayne Rooney recently announced that it would be the final tournament of his record-breaking international career, with Stones among those mentioned as a possible replacement as captain.

However, the centre-back is not paying any attention to such speculation.

"To be honest, I don't really think about it too much," he said. "I honestly am enjoying playing for my club and coming here and playing games and getting caps - it's all that an England player wants, to play for their country.

"If that does happen in the future, then I'd obviously be over the moon. It's every little boy's dream, I suppose, to have that status.

"But right now, I don't take too much notice about it."

Stones says he's enjoyed working with Pep Guardiola at City so far this season and he is sure his game is developing in the right way at the Etihad.

He added: "It's a new chapter for me and I'm enjoying myself and trying to take in as much as possible and learning every day. My confidence has never dropped, but I am trying to express myself in how I play.

"I am enjoying my football and the winning helps, when the boys are scoring the goals and keeping clean sheets it is always massive for defenders.

"It has been a good start for us. As I say, I am enjoying my football, I am trying to take in as much as I can and learn a new style of play with new team-mates and a new club."