Hot off the back of helping England qualify for the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League, John Stones was yet again in fine form as he made a surprise visit to St Matthew’s RC High School in Manchester to support this season’s ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup.
The day began with five pupils and the Manchester City star taking part in a Sky Sports Game Changers quiz. A further two lucky pupils, Max Sutton and Keira Livesey (both 13 years old), took the role of TV presenter for the day, as they fronted up the BBC Match of the Day Kickabout interview.
During the Stones Q&A session which was attended by over 70 pupils, their City hero revealed that the toughest player he has faced is Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, whilst revealing Raz (Raheem Sterling) as City’s best player on the popular FIFA 19 game. The Manchester City and England star went on to describe winning the Premier League last season as a “dream come true”.
St Matthews RC High School has a strong football pedigree of its own, proudly displaying their various schools’ football trophies in the Dance Studio where the Q&A took place. Stones himself, went out to greet the current batch of budding footballers from St Matthews prior to an exhibition match against their partner school – St Patrick’s from Eccles. The captains of both sides introduced Stones to their teammates prior to kick-off. Clearly meeting Stones had left a lasting mark on the home team, as they came away with a 3-0 victory.
Immediately after meeting the U12 teams, Stones headed to the school’s Sports Hall that had been hosting the PS4 Gaming Zone throughout the day. Stones challenged a pupil for a game on FIFA 19, who had earlier won the St Mathew’s RC High School’s FIFA lunchtime tournament. After the FIFA 19 contest, Stones hung around to pose for photos with the crowd that had gathered to watch this contest on PlayStation 4.
You can follow all the behind-the-scenes action across the PlayStation Schools’ Cup social media channels.
We would like to say a big thank you to John Stones for proving a great inspiration to grassroots football and extend our appreciation to St Matthew’s High School for hosting the third PlayStation Schools’ Cup roadshow of the season.