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Port Vale striker Tom Pope’s tweet ripping into John Stones resurfaces after FA Cup draw

Port Vale striker Tom Pope’s tweet ripping into John Stones resurfaced this week after the duo’s sides were drawn with each other in Monday’s FA Cup Third Round draw.

Following the draw, fans quickly went back to June, a got the 34-year-old tweet where he poked fun at Stones saying he would ‘love’ to face him when watching him play for England.

Pope tweeted: “Just watched the highlights of the England game! I know I’m a league 2 player, I know he plays for England, I know he’s on £150k a week, I know he’s a million times better player than me but I’d love to play against John Stones every week! I’d get 40 a season! #soft #weakaspiss”

Pope, one of the banter kings of Twitter, quickly became aware of his old post and quote retweeted it by saying Stones had improved in the past six months and insisted the defender was now “the best centre half in the world.”

Pope also had a conversation with Curtis Woodhouse over Stones’ weaknesses.

Woodhouse replied to the original comment: ‘I know you are only half joking BUT I do agree! He’s a centre forwards dream. One of them that the gaffa says to you beforekick off “oi stay switched on today because there centre half will give you a chance”.’

Pope replied:” “It’s not just that Curt I think if you’re a little striker he might give you a chance but he’s quick and reads the game and he looks probably too composed on the ball!

“But as a target man you could wear him like a Johnny! Just got absolutely zero aggression! A target mans dream.”

Pope had one of his tweets quoted by William Hill, to which he saw and hit back…

Port Vale will travel to the Etihad Stadium for the FA Cup tie, which will be held between the 3rd and the 6th of January.

Pope joined the north west club in 2017, and has racked up 39 goals in 107 games since then – including six so far this campaign.

He hit an extraordinary hat-trick in eight minutes against Cheltenham in the second round at the weekend.


After reading Tom Pope’s tweet looking back at his dig towards John Stones when playing for England this summer, fans and other footballers took to give their amused reaction with some jokingly saying he’ll get banned by the FA again – see what they wrote on the next page.


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