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Former Premier League stars, Ashley Cole and Ian Wright, have defended John Stones over his error in England’s 2-1 win against Poland in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.

Stones made an error when he attempted to cut inside with the ball after receiving a pass from goalkeeper Nick Pope.

The Manchester City star was dispossessed, and Jakub Moder went on to put the ball past Pope.

However, two goals from Harry Kane and Harry Maguire ensured England defeated Poland at Wembley.

Reacting to Stones’s error, Cole told ITV, “For me, Pope should be playing that harder into Stones.

“Stones has to go towards the ball to give himself a bit more time and then it’s about decision-making, maybe he should have gone back to Pope, he’s decided to open up and go across the 18-yard box.

“I just think he could have punched it a bit quicker to Stones.”

On his part, Wright said, “I’m quite pleased Pope got his chances in these games but I think what we saw there with the way he passed the ball to John Stones, obviously John Stones is going to get the blame for it, is that there wasn’t a lot going on.

“It wasn’t, for me, a pass he should have made, it should have been one he just got and cleared his lines.

“Like Ashley rightly said, he passed it to him in a way that he [Stones] had to deal with it, then he turned around and saw everybody coming towards him.

“It was a poor decision for the goalkeeper to give him the ball in the first place. I feel for him because, like Harry Maguire said, he has had a great season, and now people are going to start judging off the back of that.”

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