Stones reveals truth behind picture of him celebrating in front of Colombia star
John Stones has revealed he was celebrating towards his team-mates on the bench and not taunting Colombia following England’s penalty shootout win on Tuesday night.
In the aftermath of The Three Lions’ World Cup last-16 victory, a photo emerged appearing to show Stones and Harry Maguire celebrating in the face of Wilmar Barrios.
The 24-year-old on the losing side was the same player who headbutted Jordan Henderson in the first half but only received a yellow card.
The snap quickly went viral with England fans believing that the England defenders were taunting the Boca Juniors star, but in a press conference on Thursday Stones cleared things up.
"Oh, I’ve seen that!," said the Manchester City defender.
"I was celebrating across to the bench. It’s come across a bit wrong but the best thing for us was to beat them at football."
Diego Maradona declared England’s win a ‘monumental theft’ and claimed Gareth Southgate’s players ‘threw themselves to the ground’.
But Stones made a nonsense of Maradona’s allegations, saying: "I’d never seen a game like that before and how they behaved. There were things that we’ve never experienced – it was just so surprising to come across those things.
"They were probably the dirtiest team I’ve ever come up against … surrounding the referee, pushing the referee, the headbutt that you’ve all seen, scuffing the penalty spot and a lot of off-the-ball things you haven’t heard about."
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