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John Stones Denies Taunting Colombia Players After Win

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John Stones Denies Taunting Colombia Players After Win

Cast your mind back to Tuesday night - when we all lost our collective shit over the fact England actually managed to win a World Cup penalty shootout.

Pretty great night, that, and we were all feeling pretty smug. Especially John Stones, if you believe the photos that came out of the England players' celebrations.

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In the photo, the team are tearing across the pitch celebrating, but it looks like Stones and Harry Maguire is cheering straight into the faces of the Colombian players, rubbing England's victory in.

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He's now spoken out about what's actually going on in that photo.

What the cameraman's failed to capture is that the rest of the England team are actually on the bench directly behind Colombian midfielder Wilmar Barrios.

"Oh, I've seen that!," said the Manchester City defender at a press conference yesterday.

"I was celebrating across to the bench. It's come across a bit wrong but the best thing for us was to beat them at football."

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They'd have been well within their rights to wind up Barrios though, the same player who headbutted Jordan Henderson earlier in the evening and somehow walked away with only a yellow card for it.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

England also showed off their sportsmanship in the aftermath, with captain Gareth Southgate pictured comforting Colombian Mateus Uribe.

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It was a game full of yellow cards and dirty playing, but the vast majority of that was coming out of the Colombian side.

Stones spoke about the Colomian team at the press conference too, saying, "I'd never seen a game like that before and how they behaved. There were things that we've never experienced - it was just so surprising to come across those things.

"They were probably the dirtiest team I've ever come up against ... surrounding the referee, pushing the referee, the headbutt that you've all seen, scuffing the penalty spot and a lot of off-the-ball things you haven't heard about."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football World Cup, Colombia, World Cup 2018, England, Gareth Southgate, World Cup

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