Friday, October 11, 2019

Gareth Southgate has been an admirer of Mount since he was in the U-16 setup.

Chelsea youngster Mason Mount is likely to earn his first start for England tomorrow and manager Gareth Southgate said he’s been an admirer since the midfielder was in the under-16 set up.

The 20-year-old has made a fast start to life in the Premier League under Frank Lampard, the same head coach he played under last season for Derby County in the Championship.

Mount has four goals in eight Premier League appearances this campaign and has made two substitute appearances for the Three Lions as well.

Now Southgate is expected to give him a chance from the off, but he’s keen to point out that Mount is no overnight success.

“He’s a quality player, an intelligent footballer, presses well, has a real eye for goal, good quality. So, nothing I’ve seen surprises me at all,” the former Middlesbrough manager told a press conference.

“We’ve had him marked as a player from the first time I saw him at St George’s Park. Chelsea would be the same on that, I think.

“Of course he’s now been able to have the opportunity to play in the Premier League and display that against top teams. I think you saw his penalty in the Super Cup [against Liverpool], that was a nice cameo of what he’s about, really

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