City defender Stones is being blamed for England's Nations League defeat to Holland.
But Belgium winger De Bruyne says: "For me, I think he [Stones] played a good game except for the mistake he made. When you play in a team like City where we are used to playing out of the back, we give each other options.
“When you go to a different team and try to do the same but you don't get the options, it's very difficult to play differently. I think everyone knows what John's strengths are, but he can't do it by himself, he needs help there."