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England boss Gareth Southgate takes a pop at Mason Mount and Frank Lampard doubters


Mason Mount scored his fourth goal for England on Sunday (Picture: Getty Images)

Gareth Southgate is pleased Mason Mount is finally getting the praise he deserves, but has questioned why it took Thomas Tuchel to replace Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager for the plaudits to come.

Mount scored his fourth international goal as England beat Albania 2-0 on Sunday night in a World Cup qualifier, doubling the lead given to the Three Lions by Harry Kane in the first half.

The 22-year-old is becoming an integral figure in the England team and is enjoying a superb season for Chelsea, remaining a key figure under Tuchel, who replaced Lampard in January.

Southgate handed Mount his international debut in 2019 and has long been lauding his talents, but he made a pointed comment after the win in Albania, suggesting it has taken the approval of Tuchel for others to appreciate the midfielder.

‘I was saying in the autumn that he is a very good player. I suppose now Thomas Tuchel picks him, everybody will agree,’ Southgate told a press conference.

‘When it was Frank Lampard, it didn’t count for some reason.

‘He’s an exceptional player. He finds space intelligently, he manipulates the ball very well, creates chances, scores goals.

‘I thought his performance was excellent tonight.’

Mount has started the last seven England games and Southgate says he is ‘absolutely’ in his plans to play against Poland at Wembley on Wednesday.

The Chelsea man is business-like in his approach and intends to keep working hard and achieve plenty more for his country.

‘My mentality is always that I just keep working hard to get into the team and stay in the team and just try to get as many games as I can. That is always my focus,’ said Mount.

‘Obviously very fortunate to start the last seven games and I’m in a good place at the moment and scored tonight.

‘I am confident. I’ve just got to keep that going. Now the focus is on the next game. It is a massive game against Poland.’


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