England prepared for penalties says John Stones

John Stones says England are prepared for penalties if Tuesday’s last-16 tie against Germany goes that far.

“With how we do it now, we’ve been practising so much,” Stones said.

“We’ve been practising on keeping that clear focus of what to do if your turn comes up.”

Speaking of when England ended a World Cup penalty shootout hoodoo against Colombia in 2018, which Stones recalled.

“I remember being seventh in the World Cup, after Eric [Dier],” said the Manchester City centre-back. “That was a scary moment.

“But I was ready because of this process that we’ve always talked about. It’s about making you as comfortable as possible in that situation.

“Unless it’s Harry [Kane] or the boys who take penalties for their clubs regularly, it’s a zone that we’ve not stepped into before.”

“I’ve said it so many times, but we – and I, really – wanted to change the way the nation looks at the team and English football,” added the 27-year-old.

“I think we’ve taken massive strides in that since 2018 and it’s about doing it again. I don’t think we should put any more pressure on ourselves.

“There’s a trophy to be won here that’s never been won before and we should be super excited by that, and go in with that fearlessness that we’ve had over these years.”

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