Landmark For Stones In England Win

Last updated : 02 September 2021 By Three Lions

John Stones won his 50th cap in Budapest on Thursday evening, the Manchester City defender reaching another landmark in what has been a stellar year for both club and country.

England Badge with Three Lions logo

Having made his international debut back in May 2014 against Peru at Wembley, the centre-half has had his fair share of ups and down in an England shirt but is now firmly a key part of Gareth Southgate's side alongside Harry Maguire at the back.

Prior to the victory in Hungary, which takes England another step closer to World Cup qualification, Southgate had been fulsome in praise of his defensive duo.

"They have come through hugely testing challenges against top players and they continue to improve (and) grow in their leadership as well."

He joins City colleagues Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling in reaching the half-century of caps, skipper Harry Kane and Jordan Henderson of the current squad also on that landmark as Southgate's group of players make the transition from young guns to seasoned internationals.