STONE WALL

LONDON. — John Stones was given a brutal 3/10 rating during England’s win over Serbia as Europe ran the rule over Gareth Southgate’s side.

The Three Lions edged out their opponents in their tense Euro 2024 opener at the Veltins-Arena.

Jude Bellingham netted the all-important goal as Southgate’s side won 1-0.

However, the view from Europe was dismissive of the Three Lions’ performance.

Stones, 30, was brutally rated with just a 3/10 by French outlet L’Equipe for his showing.

The Manchester City defender had been ill in the build-up to the game.

Stones had been held up in his room in order to avoid spreading his illness to the rest of the squad.

He was able to return to training on Friday and was fit enough to be named in the starting XI.

He helped the side keep a clean sheet against Serbia but did not do enough to impress.

L’Equipe suggested that he had “multiplied his blunders” and struggled to deal with Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic.

The outlet was also unimpressed by captain Harry Kane.

The striker struggled to stand out against the Serbians and was denied by Predrag Rajkovic from finding the net.

The Bayern Munich star was handed a 5/10 for his quiet performance. — The Sun.

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