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Gareth Southgate provides Mason Mount fitness update ahead of England’s clash with Poland


Chelsea star Mason Mount has started England’s last seven matches (Picture: Getty)

Gareth Southgate has allayed fears over Mason Mount’s fitness and revealed he should be available for England’s World Cup qualifier with Poland.

The Chelsea star was absent from the rest of the group for England’s initial warm-up at Pennyhill Park on Tuesday and did gym work instead with the medical and performance team.

Mount scored the second goal as England cruised to a 2-0 victory away to Albania in their previous Group I clash on Sunday and there were concerns Southgate could be without the midfielder at Wembley.

But Southgate has since confirmed Mount took part in the latter part of England’s training session and the 22-year-old could be in line to make his eighth straight start for the Three Lions on Wednesday evening.

Southgate allayed fears over Mount’s fitness (Picture: Getty)

‘He didn’t warm up with the rest of the team but he did the rest of the session after,’ Southgate told reporters when asked about Mount’s fitness.

‘He should be fine.’

The England head coach added: ‘They’re all available as far as we’re concerned.

‘I think we’ve managed the team not only through the matches but through the training sessions.

‘We’ve been very cautious with the load that the players have had. We’ve got to balance that freshness tomorrow but we were very happy with the performance the other day, of course.

‘I think around Europe most countries are taking similar slants on the games so we’ve got to look at the best team to win this game and we are well prepared for it.’

Lewandowski will miss Poland’s trip to Wembley (Picture: Getty)

Poland’s preparations for the match have been rocked by three positive Covid-19 cases in their camp and an injury to captain and talisman Robert Lewandoski.

But Southgate expects a tough test versus Paulo Sousa’s Poland, who sit two points behind them in Group I.

On Lewandowski being ruled out of the match, Southgate said: ‘From our perspective you’re going to have players who are very hungry to take that opportunity.

‘They’ve got some very good forwards: [Arkadiusz] Milik, [Piotr] Zielinski, [Krzysztof] Piatek.

‘They are a good side with some good players. I’ve played Polish teams before and they fight for the cause, they’re a proud country.

‘They are a good team, they’ve got a new coach so they have got high motivation. We all know this is a key game in the qualification group.

‘We’ve got to keep improving. We’ve shown a good level in these last two matches and we’ve got to keep stepping up and I believe the players can do that.’

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