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Harry Redknapp urges England boss Gareth Southgate to make one change for Ukraine clash


Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has called on Gareth Southgate to reintroduce Mason Mount to the England side for Saturday’s crucial Euro 2020 quarter-final clash with Ukraine. The 22-year-old did not feature in the historic 2-0 win over Germany on Tuesday afternoon after he was forced to isolate after coming into contact with Scotland’s Billy Gilmour, who later returned a positive COVID-19 test, earlier this month.

Mount’s period of isolation ended on Monday but he was overlooked by Southgate, who opted to start Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling behind Harry Kane up top for the visit of Germany, with Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice occupying the central midfield positions.

Despite England beating the four-time world champions for the first time at a major tournament since 1966 without the Chelsea man on the pitch, Redknapp has suggested that he should return for the trip to Rome to face Ukraine for a place in the last four of the Euros.

When quizzed on Southgate’s probable selection calls for the upcoming fixture, the 74-year-old told Good Morning Britain: “I think he might change it next time, I think there will be changes for the next game.

“I don’t think we’ll see exactly the same 11 that started last night. I think Mason Mount will be fit and available after he had to isolate for the Covid scare.

“I certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see Mason Mount back in the team. I think Gareth’s a big fan of his as we all are.

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“So we’ll see what he does, but whatever he does he’s coming up with the winning formula.”

Southgate’s approach to the Euros has come under fire from supporters and pundits alike in recent weeks, with England’s drab performance against Scotland in particular sparking fury over the 50-year-old’s team selection.

However, Redknapp has declared that he is making all the right decisions as he aims to lead the Three Lions to a maiden continental triumph this summer.

“Gareth has done a great job,” added Redknapp. “He’s picked a team that he feels can win every game.

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“There have been critics of his teams: ‘Why is he playing him, why isn’t this one playing?’. But he’s stuck to what he believes in and who can argue with what he’s doing?

“He’s doing everything right. We’re winning games, not conceding any goals, defensively we look so solid.

“He’ll continue, I’m sure, to pick the team that he feels [is best].”

Redknapp’s comments on Southgate were echoed by former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, who suggested that England will stand a good chance of winning the Euros after seeing off the challenge posed by Germany with the man from Watford at the helm.

“I think he’s doing a great job and he’s taking away the pressure from the players, which is so important of course,” said the Swede.

“So far, Gareth has done a great, great job, not only in this tournament but also in the last tournament and so on.

“So I think now, really, England have a golden opportunity to reach the final.”





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