When the coronavirus pandemic caused the European Championship to be postponed 12 months ago, Stones was on the fringes of the England team after a troubled spell at Manchester City.
Stones earned a first England cap in more than 14 months. He played all three games for England in the World Cup qualifiers.
England are through to the World Cup last 16 in style after trouncing Panama 6-1 in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday.
John Stones could be out for up to six weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury during his side's 2-0 win at Leicester.
Manchester City defender John Stones admitted playing football is never easy but he keeps working to improve his weak spots.