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John Stones' return to form pleases ex-England boss Roy Hodgson with Man City defender on the verge of return to the Three Lions fold after impressive displays this season Manchester City host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday evening It will bring John Stones up against the manager who gave him first England cap Roy Hodgson is pleased that Stones has played himself back into England form The defender is likely to win his 40th cap during internationals in March 

By Nick Callow For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 06:25 GMT, 17 January 2021 | Updated: 06:40 GMT, 17 January 2021

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Manchester City defender John Stones is on the verge of an England recall and nobody will be more delighted to see his return to the international stage than Roy Hodgson, the manager who gave him his first senior cap.

City boss Pep Guardiola has restored Stones to the form that earned him the first of his 39 caps and although he has not played under Gareth Southgate since November 2019, he tipped to fight for his 40th in the next round of internationals in March.

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The 26-year-old lines up against Hodgson's Palace on Sunday at the heart of City's defence alongside Ruben Dias. 

John Stones has performed impressively for Manchester City of late and is in contention to return to the England squad for the March internationals

John Stones has performed impressively for Manchester City of late and is in contention to return to the England squad for the March internationals

Roy Hodgson handed Stones his first England cap and his Crystal Palace side face City on Sunday night

Roy Hodgson handed Stones his first England cap and his Crystal Palace side face City on Sunday night

The defensive duo have eight clean sheets, eight wins, one draw and one goal conceded in nine starts together – and was watched by Southgate in midweek.

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