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'I think he's the best centre half in the world': Port Vale striker Tom Pope backtracks after Tweet saying he 'would love to play against John Stones' earlier this year resurfaces with League Two club drawn against Manchester City in the FA Cup Port Vale were drawn to face holders Manchester City in FA Cup third round  In June, Vale striker Tom Pope slammed England defender John Stones heavily After draw, Pope hastily Tweeted claiming Stones was now the best in the world

By James Ayles For Mailonline

Published: 00:03 GMT, 3 December 2019 | Updated: 00:04 GMT, 3 December 2019

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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

Port Vale striker Tom Pope backtrracked ona Tweet lambasting Manchester City's John Stones

On June 7, Pope posted: 

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