The Man City defender was at the heart of the Three Lions’ defence in Moscow as Gareth Southgate’s men managed to overcome their opponents on a penalty shoot-out, following a tense 1-1 draw.
The match was marred however with both teams clashing throughout the ill-tempered contest, and Stones definitely hasn’t lost any love for his most recent adversaries.
Speaking via Sky Sports ahead of England’s quarter-final showdown with Sweden on Saturday, Stones trawled over the events of Tuesday nights, and to say he has little sympathy for the departing Colombians would be a bit of an understatement.
He said: “The game was so strange.
“Probably the dirtiest team I have ever come up against.
“In the respect of when we won a penalty – they were surrounding the referee, even pushing the referee. The headbutt I’m sure you’ve all seen. Scuffing the penalty spot. A lot of off the ball stuff that I’m sure you have not heard about.
“All the sort of things you don’t really hear in a football match.
“On our behalf, it showed massive character to keep a cool head and not get sucked into their game.
“When you play a team that want to fight and disturb your momentum, you can sometimes get dragged into it. That’s what they want.
🏴🗣John Stones on Colombia
"They are the dirtiest team I’ve ever played against. They’re back on the plane going home & we’re in the next round.”
— PF | World Cup🏆 (@PurelyFootball) July 5, 2018
“We stuck to our plan and kept playing our way of football. It’s a great sign for a team to have that sort of quality, to have tunnel vision of what we want out of the game plan.
“It was a difficult situation to be in, but one we overcame and can be proud of.”
Stones and his defensive partners Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker has performed extremely well so far in Russia, but what do you make of his comments here?
Were the Colombians really that bad?