Alan Shearer questions Man City duo's England roles as Everton 'target' forgotten defender

John Stones and Phil Foden
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Despite picking up four points from their opening two games at Euro 2024, England have had a difficult start to the tournament - including their Manchester City contingent.

England are sitting top Group C after a 1-0 win over Serbia and a 1-1 draw with Denmark, but expectations are high for Gareth Southgate's team. The Three Lions are considered to be one of the favourites to go far in the tournament, but their performances have been underwhelming so far.

England and Southgate have been fiercely criticised by pundits, and top spot now lies on their last group stage game against Slovenia next Tuesday. With Man City stars in action for England and their Euro rivals, the Manchester Evening News has taken a look at the latest news stories and reports surrounding the club at the tournament and beyond...

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Shearer's verdict on Man City England duo

Following England's draw with Denmark, Alan Shearer compared John Stones and Phil Foden's vital roles for City to their limited impact for England at Euro 2024 so far.

Shearer told BBC Sport: "Let's use John Stones as an example. How many times do you see him get the ball and run into midfield, or get the ball with his back and turn in the Man City team? So many times. He's brilliant at it. How many times have you seen him do it in the last two England games? I can't remember any.

"I look at Phil Foden on the left - is he affecting the game? No chance. I look at [Bukayo] Saka and Harry Kane, I know he [Kane] got his goal and I mentioned it on commentary about running in behind. At least when [Ollie] Watkins came on the defenders were running in behind. It was really poor and it is concerning, absolutely."

MEN Sport says: "England are the centre of attention after another underwhelming performance in the draw with Denmark. The duo have failed to produce the heights often seen City while other Premier League stars are also struggling, suggesting the problem could be down to Gareth Southgate's tactics. Foden and Stones have proven themselves world-class players at City, so getting the best from them is key to England's hopes.

Everton target forgotten City defender

According to Africa Foot, Everton are keen to sign Man City defender Issa Kabore this summer and would be prepared to offer about £11million (€13m).

The report adds that negotiations are 'underway' for the 23-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Luton Town, where he made 26 Premier League appearances.

MEN Sport says: "With his contract set to expire in 2025, this may be City's last opportunity to cash in on Kabore so it would be naïve not to do so in this window - providing Guardiola does not have big plans for him. Having spent the last four seasons out on loan without making an appearance for the City first-team, it is clear that the defender doesn't have a space in the squad with a number of options available."