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John Stones: England will step it up after reaching Euro 2024 quarter-finals

John Stones believes England will finally begin showing their true quality after battling past Slovakia in extra-time to reach the Euro 2024 quarter-finals.

Gareth Southgate's side looked set to be heading home as Ivan Schranz's first-half strike had Slovakia ahead until Jude Bellingham's overhead kick deep into stoppage time tied the game.

Harry Kane then headed home to secure a 2-1 victory that sets up a quarter final clash with Switzerland in Dusseldorf on Saturday.

Like their performances in the group stage, England laboured at times but ultimately got the job done and now Stones believes the team can now play with more freedom in Germany.

"What a game, what a way for us to get through," said Stones.

"It was not the way that we wanted to but I think the fight, the desire... that people wanted to see from us at home, from people in the stands - that fight for the shirt, for everyone that's come out to support us was there and more.

"That's what's got us through, we didn't play the best and that is down to us, which is frustrating,

"But I hope now, coming through such a tough time and doing things, taking risks with the ball, we can implement that now and kind of take the handbrake off in some senses to let our quality show."

Switzerland have impressed in the tournament so far and eased to a 2-0 victory over holders Italy on Saturday to progress into the last eight.

They will no doubt pose a threat to an England side still struggling to find their way but Stones feels they can overcome the challenge.

"I think we've got that belief now," he told beIN Sport.

"I think we had it before but we didn't fully show that and our performances didn't replicate that belief.

"We've got to always look at the negatives and the things that we can improve on because it's a massive part of the games, massive part of what we do.

"We're coming up another great side... another great test for us that we're we're excited for; I've not thought about it too much, to be honest, after the emotions but tomorrow we'll be preparing as usual, and we've got to enjoy this, because it's been tough, tough for everyone, and I want everyone to enjoy it."

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