By James Ayles For Mailonline
Published: 00:03 GMT, 3 December 2019 | Updated: 00:04 GMT, 3 December 2019
Port Vale striker Tom Pope has hastily backtracked on a tweet criticising Manchester City defender John Stones after the two clubs were drawn against each in the FA Cup third round.
In June, the 34-year-old claimed he would 'love' to face Stones after watching him play for England but fans dug up the post following the draw on Monday night.
Responding quickly, Pope claimed that Stones had improved in the past six months and insisted the defender was now 'the best centre half in the world.'
Port Vale striker Tom Pope backtrracked ona Tweet lambasting Manchester City's John Stones
On June 7, Pope posted: